House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and House GOP leadership rapidly scheduled a Wednesday morning floor vote on legislation that will fund the government–including the controversial Affordable Care Act–for the rest of the year, Breitbart News has learned.
As Breitbart News reported late Tuesday, 30 House Republicans have signed a letter demanding Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor not pass a Continuing Resolution that funds Obamacare at all. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) of Oklahoma and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) of Kansas to get other members to support the effort.
When Boehner and Cantor received the letter, a senior GOP source told Breitbart News that both were shocked by the large response and frantically scheduled the CR vote for Wednesday morning.
“Leadership scheduled the vote for Wednesday morning after seeing the Obamacare letter, believing it’s better to go now than wait,” the senior GOP adviser on Capitol Hill said.
Boehner and Cantor attributed their decision to forecasted inclement weather. A major snowstorm is expected to hit Washington, D.C. in the next couple days.
Citing weather forecasts, Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler notes that Boehner and Cantor moved this vote into the timeframe that, “as a meteorologist might say,” is in the “heaviest part of the snow storm.”
A GOP leadership aide told Beutler that “[t]here are clearly a lot of different forecasts” and “[b]ased on what we were seeing the potential for heavy afternoon snowfall had us concerned about Thursday.”
Huelskamp’s and Bridenstine’s offices would not comment for this story, nor would many of the other members’ offices who signed the letter.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (‘ObamaCare’) remains broadly unpopular across America,” the letter to Boehner and Cantor reads. “More and more Americans are now feeling its impact–from job losses and part-time downgrades, to insurance policy changes and violations of religious liberties, to state budget strains from Medicaid expansions. And Americans don’t like these impacts.”
“Most Americans still believe that healthcare should be controlled by patients and doctors, not by the government,” the letter continues.
Conservatives note that while they still plan to “re-start efforts to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety this year, next year and until we are successful… in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.”