Pelosi on CR Defunding Obamacare: ‘One of the Most Intentional Acts of Brutality’

By Melanie Arter | September 20, 2013 | 11:04 AM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP)

( – In a speech from the House floor on Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused House Republicans of committing an act of “brutality” in pushing through a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the rest of the federal government after Sept. 30 but will defund Obamacare.

“Either you don’t know what you are doing or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality that you have cooked up with stiff competition for that honor. It cuts billions of dollars again I say, from the National Institutes of Health, delaying important research and denying medical breakthroughs for future generations,” Pelosi said speaking on the House floor.

Shortly after Pelosi spoke, the House voted 230 to 189 to approve the CR that defunds Obamacare. Because the current legislation funding the federal government expires on Sept. 30 (the last day of the federal fiscal year), Congress must enact a new law to allow the administration to spend money after that date. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." For a bill authorizing spending from the Treasury to become law, it must be approved by the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and signed by the president.

The CR approved by the Republican-controlled House today would authorize the administration to spend money on virtually all existing government programs--except Obamacare. Conservatives have called on Republicans in the House to pass such a CR as a way to stop the full implementation Obamacare, which otherwise will take place on January 1.

In addition to calling this CR an act of "brutality," Pelosi also called it “a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”

“It is a wolf in wolf’s clothing. The underlying bill to shut down government--the CR--is reason enough to object to it, because that bill will cost at least a million jobs in the course of next year, will cost a million jobs,” she said.

“If the underlying bill were not bad enough, if there were not reason enough to say, ‘No, are you kidding? No,’ then they cloak it in wolf’s clothing and say they are going to defund the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said.