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article imageOp-Ed: Boehner Burns Senate's Suggestion

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Oct 15, 2013 in Politics
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner rebuffed a proposed Senate deal that would have extended the debt ceiling until early February, funded the government through early January and establishes budget conference negotiations by mid-December.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the Speaker of the House rejected the offer, saying instead that the House would vote on a bill that would, according to Talking Points Memo:
Approve a temporary spending bill to re-open the government until Jan. 15.
Increase the debt limit enough to last until Feb. 7.
A two-year delay of Obamacare's medical device tax.
A requirement that the Obama administration verify the income of Americans receiving tax subsidies through Obamacare (specifics pending).
A revised version of the so-called Vitter Amendment, in this case requiring Congress members and executive department officials like President Obama -- but not their staffs -- to purchase insurance through the law's marketplace without federal employer subsidies.
Eliminates Treasury Department's ability to use "extraordinary measures" to avoid default.
This bill stands no chance of being approved by the Senate, and would not survive a veto by President Obama.
Once again, the Republicans in the House of Representative are apparently bound and determined to drive the ship of state into the iceberg of default, creating international economic havoc that, since it has never happened in modern times, one can not truly measure its scope.
Because? Obamacare.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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