Cantor: Continuing Resolution Will De-fund ObamaCare

February 8, 2011 - 5:14 PM

Eric Cantor

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Washington (CNSNews.com) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told CNSNews.com today that “one way or the other” the upcoming continuing resolution necessary to keep the government funded through fiscal 2011 will deny funding to the ObamaCare law.

At his weekly press briefing, CNSNews.com asked Cantor, "On the CR [continuing resolution], when that bill comes to the floor, will there be any funding for the health care reform law in it?"

Cantor said, “I expect to see, one way or the other, the product coming out of the House to speak to that [ObamaCare funding] and to preclude any funding to be used for that."

Also, following the briefing, Cantor aides confirmed to CNSNews.com that while the continuing resolution had not been written yet, Republicans expected to amend the law to preclude any money from being spent to carry out the new health care provisions, which were signed into law by President Obama last March.

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), told CNSNews.com in an e-mail that House Republicans were committed to denying funding for what he described as a “job destroying” law.

“[M]ake no mistake, House Republicans are committed to repealing ObamaCare (which we have already voted to do) and--if the Senate fails to act on repeal--we will use every means at our disposal to stop this job-destroying law,” Steel said.

There are two types of funding in ObamaCare: direct appropriations made by the law itself and separate discretionary spending necessary to execute the law’s myriad provisions. Because it is a type of budget bill, a continuing resolution would only deal with the discretionary spending needed to execute the law, not the money the original ObamaCare law appropriated.

A continuing resolution is a type of appropriations bill that allows the government to continue functioning without having Congress decide how much money to give to each individual federal program or agency. Because Congressional Democrats declined to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011, which began in October 2010 when Democrats controlled Congress, the government has been running on a series of continuing resolutions, with the current one expiring on March 4.

A continuing resolution typically continues to fund the various federal departments at the levels they enjoyed the previous fiscal year. Because there is no constitutional requirement to pass a budget, Congress is free to appropriate money in this way.