The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 -189 Friday morning to strip all funding from Obamacare, the 42nd vote of its kind to come to the floor.
“This is hurting our constituents. This is hurting the American people,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters afterward, surrounded by fellow House Republicans.
The short-term funding is designed to prevent a partial government shutdown when the federal budget year ends Sept. 30. The bill will allow for an increase in the nation’s debt limit — but only if President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is defunded.
The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will most likely remove the provision that defunds Obamacare. Senate Democrats have referred to the House measure as a huge “waste of time.”
And even if the bill manages to make it out of the Senate with the defund portion intact (which seems extremely unlikely), the White House promises it will veto the bill.
It is now up to Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who really created this whole “defund” movement, and a handful of other Senate Republicans to see how their legislative body approaches the House-approved bill.
Here’s a basic breakdown of how the House voted Friday morning [via the Washington Post]:
Final tally: 230 to 189
How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 228
How many Democrats voted against the bill?: 188
How many Republicans voted against the bill?: 1
How many Democrats voted for the bill?: 2
How many lawmakers didn’t vote?: 14
How many seats are vacant?: 2
Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
Which Democrats voted for the budget plan?: Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
And here’s a complete breakdown of the House vote:
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