The House of Representatives has just passed four amendments to defund various aspects of the implementation of the national health care law.
In the most sweeping amendment, the House approved a measure introduced by Rep. Steven King of Iowa that would deny funding for the implementation of any provision of the health care law, 241 to 187. It also approved his amendment barring the payment of salaries to any official who funds the law, 237 to 191.
Another amendment, proposed by Rep. Denny Rehberg, would strip funding to the Department of Health and Human Services for the implementation of the law. That passed 239 to 187.
Rep. Jo An Emerson offered an amendment to deny the IRS money to implement the health care law — that passed 248 to 180. It attracted the most Democratic support — 8 votes. None of the other amendments received more than three Democratic votes. No more than four Replicans ever voted “no.”
The votes pave the way for a confrontation with the Senate.