CPAC: Renegade Republican Predicts Obamacare-Debt Ceiling Standoff

Huelskamp: “Leadership doesn’t like to be challenged to do the right thing.”

Bill Straub
PJ Media
3/15/2013

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Rep. Tim Huelskamp predicted Friday that House Republicans will try to use the White House’s next debt-limit request to raise the nation’s debt limit to kill Obamacare.

Offering remarks during an appearance at the CPAC convention, the Kansas Republican called the healthcare reform legislation championed by the Obama administration in 2010 “the most serious threat right now to fiscal health and stability of our nation” and hinted at a showdown.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said recently that House Republicans ultimately would not attempt to kill Obamacare this year when it considers a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

But Huelskamp, who has tussled with the GOP leadership in the past, noted that the White House must receive congressional approval to raise the debt ceiling, a device that limits the government’s borrowing capacity. The ceiling has been suspended until May 18. The current debt is about $16.7 trillion.

“We need to come to the table with a real plan,” he said. “That will be the battle.  If you don’t like Obamacare, here’s your chance to take it on and get real entitlement reform.”

House Republicans have threatened to hold hostage requests to increase the nation’s debt limit in the past. Accommodations have been made at the last minute, but President Obama and other officials insist that the ploy threatens the federal government’s ability to meet its financial obligations.

Huelskamp dismissed claims that delaying approval of the debt limit will throw the U.S. into default. Furthermore, he maintained that Obama would “absolutely’’ go to the mat and shut down the government to fund Obamacare.

“It’s something where we have to apply more pressure,” he said…

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“The president believes that we have to have more taxes from the American people. We’re not going to get very far,” Boehner said. “The president got his tax hikes on January 1.  The talk about raising revenue is over.  It’s time to deal with the spending problem.”…

 

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