In a remarkable afternoon of floor activity, House Republicans voted to defund ObamaCare on Friday, starving the program of federal funds through the end of 2011.
Republican congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana, whose amendment killed the ObamaCare funding, declared that “Today’s vote is the latest victory for the American public and our country in preventing the disastrous ObamaCare law from forever damaging our health care system and hampering job creation,” and hailed Republican efforts as saving “billions of wasted funding while opening the door to true health care reform that reduces costs and improves access.”
Another big winner today was Indiana Representative Mike Pence, whose amendment to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood passed 240-185. The move will cost Planned Parenthood more than $75 million per year, a shortfall it will need to make up by dramatically increasing the prices it charges to pimps for business consulting services.
“This afternoon’s vote is a victory for taxpayers, and a victory for life,” Fox News quoted Pence. “By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.”
Still awaiting a stay of execution is PBS, which saw its $460 million in funding cut out of the House continuing budget resolution. An amendment to restore funding is still awaiting a vote, prompting angry Muppets to leave their billion-dollar merchandising empire and storm Capitol Hill yesterday. Fortunately, the Muppets dispersed peacefully before Capitol Hill police had to use tear gas, or ask uncomfortable questions about why every new Muppet is a shrill annoyance who makes parents want to swallow their own tongues to escape the sound of his voice.
The spending cut bonanza did have its limits, as the House refused about $22 billion in requested cuts, leaving the total slashed from the budget at $60 billion for the remaining seven months of the government’s budget year.