Rep. Tim Huelskamp, one of the second-tier far-right members of the House (he takes a clear backseat to Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert; he’s only a b-team wingnut) explains why the House is going to vote a 42nd time to defund Obamacare and why this is so much more important than the previous 41 times.
House Republicans have now voted 41 times to repeal Obamacare, knowing each time that those bills would go nowhere in the Senate and never get the green light from President Barack Obama.
But Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is amped up about attempt number 42. He and other Tea Party lawmakers in the House are pushing GOP leaders to tie a vote to defund the Affordable Care Act to a must-pass, temporary spending bill aimed at keeping the government funded past Oct. 1, when current funding runs out. The effort has been a serious headache for GOP leaders, who want to appease their Tea Party flank but don’t want to risk a government shutdown.
Huelskamp was excited this week as he talked to reporters about the latest strategy for killing Obamacare.
“None of the other votes were on must-pass bills. They were on individual bills,” he told The Huffington Post, comparing the House’s past attempts to sink Obamacare to baseball. “We’ve had 42 different swings at the bat. Forty-two different exhibition games. But we’ve never actually had a regular season.”
Huelskamp told HuffPost things will be different this time because the legislative vehicle being used gives repeal proponents more leverage.
“We haven’t had it on the C.R. yet,” he said, referring to the temporary spending measure, known as a continuing resolution. “We have 85 who say they want a vote on this.”
And if you shut down the government for that purpose, it’s going to boomerang on you in a huge way. Which almost makes me wish they’d do it. A year before the midterm elections is a great time to screw yourself over.