Defund-Obamacare Conservatives Are Getting Serious
Americans are more concerned about what Congress isn’t doing than what it is doing, according to a Gallup survey conducted at the beginning of June. A net 59 percent of responses indicated that some form partisan gridlock and an overall failure to get things done was a major reason why people disapproved of the job American lawmakers are doing.
That being said, Congress has a very full schedule now that the summer recess has come to an end. Following closely behind Syria, in terms of importance, is the debate over the debt ceiling and federal government spending, a discussion in which funding the Affordable Care Act will be an important issue. When the new fiscal year begins on October, the debt ceiling must be raised and a temporary spending bill must be passed in order to avoid a government shutdown.
Even though the Republican Party as a whole has shown reluctance to defund Obamacare at the expense of a government shutdown, Tea Party-backed lawmakers are aiming recapture the nation’s attention this week and to rally support for their campaign to vote down any spending bill that funds the health care reform.