Only republican voted against the continuing resolution to keep the government funded when the fiscal year ends the end of this month. The vote was 230 to 189 with Scott Rigell of Virginia being the only republican to join the democrats and vote against passage of the bill. Two democrats, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Jim Matheson of Utah, voted with the republicans.
This bill defunds Obamacare and locks in sequester levels of spending through December 15th.
Eric Cantor fought hard for the bill on the floor of the House saying,
“We in Congress were sent to Washington by our constituents to fight for them, We should pass this continuing resolution so the Senate can finally begin to do the same.”
At a noon rally today at the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner had this to say:
“You’ve got businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law, you’ve got other businesses who are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law. And so, our message to the United States Senate is real simple: the American people don’t want to the government shut down and they don’t want ObamaCare.”
The bill now goes to the Senate where the it will be rejected. The Senate will come back to the House with their own version of a budget for 2014, one that funds Obamacare. It is unclear what will happen then, just prior to the end of the fiscal year. If republicans hold tight, it could mean a shut down of government services. Or they could try to vote for a budget in a piecemeal fashion, funding agencies one by one. Currently the Senate is in recess until Tuesday.