Rep. Gohmert Endorses Defunding Automatic Obamacare Spending

Matt Cover

Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said the $105.5 billion in automatic spending in the health reform law must be shut off, but he stressed that it was better to do so through a stand-alone bill, not with the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded for a few weeks at a time. asked Gohmert whether defunding the automatic spending in Obamacare was negotiable for him and whether he would vote for a continuing resolution that didn’t rescind the spending. He said the defunding needed to happen but that it could be done as a stand-alone measure.

“There are different ways to do that,” Gohmert said. “Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) came up with a great approach that simply does what should have been done.”

Gohmert explained that Rep. Kingston’s bill would cancel any further automatic spending and rescind unspent money that has already been appropriated.

“It will cancel those post-dated checks and it actually cancels anything that hasn’t already been spent and will require for the future, future Congresses to actually appropriate the money,” said Gohmert.

Kingston’s bill, introduced on Mar. 30, is cosponsored by Gohmert and Rep. Michelle Bahcmann (R-Minn.) and would cancel all future automatic spending, require that funding for such programs be part of the regular appropriations process, and rescind any unspent funds.

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