Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill funding the government until Sept. 30 and defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) angering the White House.
The bill, approved via a 230-189 vote, goes to the Democrat-led Senate, which is expected to reject it.
Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) described the passage of the bill as a “victory for common sense” in a news conference at the Capitol. He urged the Senate to listen to the American people who don’t want government to shut down and don’t want the AHA dubbed Obamacare for being the president’s health initiative.
Obama told autoworkers at a Ford plant in Kansas City, Missouri that Republicans are trying to mess with him.
“They’re willing to plunge America into default, if we can’t defund Obamacare,” said the president, according to CBS News.
Obama repeated his position that Congress should raise the debt ceiling so the government can pay its obligations and not become a “deadbeat nation.” He warned that failing to do so could lead to another financial crisis for the country.
Two Democrats approved the controversial bill: Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.). The sole Republican who voted against it was Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia.