Earlier this week West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, announced that he would support a one-year-delay to Obamacare. Today the House of Representatives announced that it would give the Senator what he asked, it would add a one year Obamacare delay to the bill sent over yesterday and toss the hot potato back to the Senate.
House Republican leaders, including Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa., released the following joint statement:
“The American people don’t want a government shut down and they don’t want ObamaCare. That’s why later today, the House will vote on two amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution that will keep the government open and stop as much of the president’s health care law as possible.
“The first amendment delays the president’s health care law by one year. And the second permanently repeals ObamaCare’s medical device tax that is sending jobs overseas.
“Both of these amendments will change the date of the Senate CR to December 15th. We will also vote on a measure that ensures our troops get paid, no matter what.
“We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.”
The purpose of this bill is to even the playing field as so many others including corporations have been given a one year delay to the bill. If this bill passes the Senate (a big if) it will most probably be vetoed by the President. The next 48 hours are definitely going to be interesting.