Congressman Eliot Engel called the latest attempt by the House Republicans to do away with Obamacare its 42nd exercise in futility. Friday the Republican majority in the House passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government into the next Fiscal Year, but it would also defund the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.  This is a bill which will not pass in the Senate, leaving only days until the government runs out of money on October 1st.

Rep. Engel said, “These votes to do away with the Affordable Care Act are an irrational fantasy. This vote will follow the first 41 votes into oblivion, but now the GOP is risking a repeat of history by forcing a shutdown of the federal government.

“The GOP is letting its obsession with Obamacare stand in the way of what it should be doing – helping our economy to recover from its worst crisis since the Great Depression and encouraging job growth.  This resolution also continues the sequester cuts, which I did not vote in favor of in the first place, and are hurting our economic recovery.

“The GOP-controlled House cannot continue to play games with our economy by threatening a government shutdown and default on our debts.  I am sure the Senate will strip this ridiculous provision from the resolution, and I look forward to the opportunity to vote for a spending bill that allows us to govern responsibly.”