President Obama and the White House released a statement today telling Boehner and his House Republicans that he will veto their latest attempt to defund Obamacare.
In a statement of administration policy, the White House issued a short and sweet veto promise:
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes, because it advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class. The Resolution would defund the Affordable Care Act, denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage.
If the President were presented with H.J. Res. 59, he would veto the bill.The Administration is willing to support a short-term continuing resolution to allow critical Government functions to operate without interruption and looks forward to working with the Congress on appropriations legislation for the remainder of the fiscal year that preserves critical national priorities, protects national security, and makes investments to spur economic growth and job creation for years to come.
With just a few working days left until the country faces a government shutdown, John Boehner is pursuing a strategy that is destined to fail. Despite what some in the Republican Party might believe, President Obama is never, ever going to sign anything that takes a single penny away from the ACA. It is not going to happen, but by caving again to the far right members of his caucus, Boehner is setting the stage for House Republicans to be routed again by Obama.
The President already won the public relations war when he deemed the Republican demands for spending cuts in exchange for paying the government’s bills extortion. The nation has seen the same script play out repeatedly over the last couple of years. It is so predictable that almost everyone knows where this latest Republican debt ceiling temper tantrum is going to end up.
Here are the 10 steps to resolving any Republican caused crisis:
1). House Republicans pass another crackpot idea that will never get through the Senate.
2). The deadline for the Republican caused crisis of the week arrives and passes.
3). House Republicans try to blame Obama.
4). The country doesn’t buy it, and blames Boehner and the House Republicans.
5). A group of Senate Republicans sit down with Harry Reid and the Democrats, and cut a deal.
6). Obama says, “Works for me.”
7). Senate passes the deal. Obama says he will sign it as soon as the House passes it.
8). With the economy facing collapse, and right wing billionaires putting on the pressure, Boeher caves and allows a vote on the Senate bill.
9). Nancy Pelosi delivers the majority of the votes needed for passage. Just enough Republicans cross over to get the bill to 218.
10). Obama signs the bill. A crisis is avoided, and House Republicans are left humiliated and enraged.
This is how it has gone every single time that House Republicans have tried this. It is also the likely way that this latest Republican caused debt ceiling fiasco will be resolved. Obama’s veto threat is just a way for the White House to put the House Republicans on notice that they will never get away with this.
House Republicans never learn, which is why President Obama has to be there to tell them no. John Boehner is the Wile E. Coyote of American politics, and he is about to fall off of another cliff.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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