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GOP Rep. Charlie Dent: House should fund the government without Obamacare changes
Breaking with the more conservative wing of his party, Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said Monday that it is time for his fellow Republicans to pass a continuing funding resolution that does not include the one-year delay of Obamacare.
Mr. Dent said that to his dismay the House has tried and failed to get the Senate to agree to postpone or defund Obamacare, so it is time for the party to get on with the business of governing.
“Sooner or later, we are going to have to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government before the end of the day,” Mr. Dent said on CNN. “The tactics that have been employed up until this point — I suspect it will not be successful.”
The GOP-led House passed a continuing funding resolution over the weekend that would keep the government running past midnight Monday — which marks the end of the fiscal year — and that included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to strip out the Obamacare provision Monday before tossing the bill back to the House.
Mr. Dent said he believes there are close to 200 members of the House Republican conference who want to see a clean continuing resolution passed.
“I am not saying that there would be 200 voting for it, but there are certainly that many who want to see it happen,” he said. “There are many who are hoping ‘yes’ and who will vote ‘no.’ “
He also warned that if lawmakers fail to strike a deal, Republicans would shoulder the brunt of the blame for a shutdown.
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