Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after House leadership announced that they will move forward with a continuing resolution that includes the Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682) that was introduced by Rep. Graves and Senator Ted Cruz in July:
“I encourage every House Republican to support this bill because it achieves the two goals that unite us all: keeping the government open and protecting our constituents from the harmful effects of Obamacare. With the Defund Obamacare Act now inserted into the bill, we are making a genuine attempt to stop the law before it starts on October 1.
“I thank the 79 cosponsors of the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, and the 148 cosponsors of the Defund Obamacare Act, for raising their voices at critical times this year. I credit House leadership for listening to us and responding to the demands of the American people.
“Now it’s up to Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats to explain why Obamacare is too dangerous for businesses, but still being enforced on families. They must explain why special interests get waivers and companies get delays, but the average American is still hit by Obamacare’s trainwreck of fines, mandates and confusion."
On July 11, Rep. Graves and Sen. Cruz introduced companion legislation to defund Obamacare.
Specifically, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 deauthorizes future appropriations and rescinds prior appropriations that would implement any provision under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) and the healthcare provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), while repealing any entitlements created by those acts.