Congressional Democratic leaders portrayed the House GOP’s plan to pass a government spending bill that simultaneously defunds Obamacare — sure to be stopped by the Senate — as detached from reality.
“This is fantasy politics with real world consequences,” Rep. Peter Welch (VT) said alongside House Democratic Caucus chair Xavier Becerra (CA) and vice chair Joe Crowley (NY) after the caucus’s Wednesday meeting. “The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress. It was upheld by the Supreme Court. It was a major issue in the election. The guy against it lost. The guy for it won. The House Republicans know the Senate won’t pass this fantasy. They know the president won’t sign this fantasy. But they insist in pursuing this fantasy. At a certain point, it’s like: Sober up. Get real.”
Becerra reiterated that no House Democrats would vote for spending or debt limit bills that affected Obamacare.