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Michaud, Pingree vote to keep Obamacare alive


U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud (left) and Chellie Pingree (right)

U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree voted Friday against a House Resolution that would fund the federal government – but not the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare – throughout the next year.

The measure (H.J.R. 59) passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by a vote of 230 to 189. It now heads to the U.S. Senate where the defunding language is expected to be removed by Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Democratic Majority. President Barack Obama has promised to veto the resolution in the unlikely event it survives the senate intact.

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The Associated Press reports:

House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.

Obama swiftly condemned the effort as attempted political extortion, and the Republican-friendly Chamber of Commerce pointedly called on lawmakers to pass urgent spending and borrowing legislation — unencumbered by debate over “Obamacare.”

The two-step strategy announced by House Speaker John Boehner marked a concession to his confrontational rank and file. At the same time, it represented a challenge to conservatives inside the Senate and out who have spent the summer seeking the votes needed to pull the president’s cherished health care law out by its roots. They now will be called on to deliver.

“The fight over here has been won. The House has voted 40 times to defund, change Obamacare, to repeal it. It’s time for the Senate to have this fight,” said Boehner, an Ohio Republican.

Michaud and Pingree, who both voted for Obamacare when it was a bill, voted against the resolution defunding the controversial law.

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S.E. Robinson
Maine Wire Reporter

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