By Dave Andrusko
Four days before he delivers his final State of the Union address, President Obama delivered another message: nothing is more important than protecting Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare.
As expected the President vetoed H.R. 3762, a bill which, as NRLC explained, “would block most federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood, and repeal many parts of Obamacare, including the program that provides tax-based subsidies for about 1,000 health plans that cover elective abortions.”
The president’s veto came two days after the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed “The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” on a vote of 240-181. Only one Democrat voted in favor of H.R. 3762 and only three Republicans voted against the budget reconciliation bill. This followed favorable Senate action in December, also passed almost exclusively along party lines.
The House has passed numerous bills in this vein which were snarled by the threat of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
NRLC, working in conjunction with pro-life congressional leaders and other pro-life groups, used the budget reconciliation process which requires a simple majority to circumvent the filibuster. During Wednesday’s debate, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) said, “When a Republican president takes over next year, we can use reconciliation again.”
Friday morning, after the President’s veto, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) said, “We have now shown that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate.” Ryan added, “So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law. Obamacare will be gone. … It’s just a matter of time.”