Rep. LaTourette Says ‘Sure,’ He’ll Vote for CR That Permits ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood Funding

By Dan Joseph | March 15, 2011 | 4:57 PM EDT

Rep. Steve Latourette (R-Ohio)

( -- Representative Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) said he will vote for the latest continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running for another three weeks even though the bill continues to fund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood. He said he would vote the same for future CRs as well, stressing that amendments to cut ObamaCare should not be part of the CR process.

On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, asked Rep. LaTourette, “A lot of your Republican colleagues are very upset that the CR doesn’t contain riders defunding ObamaCare, defunding Planned Parenthood. In three weeks another CR is going to come before the House.  If it doesn’t contain something like [Reps.] Steve King and Michelle Bachman’s provision that defunds the [ObamaCare] law or a ban on government funding for Planned Parenthood, will you vote for that?”

Latourette said, “Sure,” and added, “Yeah.  I’m a full supporter of what the Speaker [John Boehner] is trying to do and so we’ve already achieved $4 billion [in cuts], this will achieve another six. The next one will achieve ten [billion] if we have to go there and our goal is to resolve and put in place a year-long CR.”

“But you’ve got to have people to negotiate with,” said Latourette.  “And so the Senate hasn’t produced anything for us to start talking about, the administration doesn’t have a clue as to what they want to do.  So, I support what the [House GOP] leadership’s doing.” also asked, “Eventually, if the CRs continue and it doesn’t contain something that defunds it [ObamaCare], will you not vote for it based on that?”

“No.  This is about money.  This isn’t about riders,” said Latourette.  “This is about cleaning up the mess that they [Democrats] left us by not having a budget, by not having any appropriations bills.  We’ll have plenty of time during the ’12  process to debate and discuss and figure out what riders should be or shouldn’t be on the appropriations bill --but no it doesn’t belong on it.”

Last Thursday, Reps. Steve King (R.-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), house Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Appropriations Committee  Chairman Hal Rogers asking them to include language in any future CR that would prohibit the administration from spending any money to implement ObamaCare.

King and Bachmann vowed not to vote for any CR that permitted funding of ObamaCare and called on other House members to take the same pledge.

The language that King and Bachmann are calling for would not only prohibit normal appropriations from funding ObamaCare but would also prohibit the administration from carrying out $105.5 billion in spending that, according to the Congressional Research Service, was built into the ObamaCare legislation in such a way that it will be automatically spent unless Congress affirmatively prohibits the administration from spending it.