A split balance of power in Congress will also make it much harder for President Obama and Democrats to advance their legislative agenda and increases the prospect of political gridlock on everything from taxes and spending to immigration.
The White House, in additional criticism, said the House bill treated cyber security as an intelligence activity that risked longstanding efforts to preserve the civilian nature of the Internet and cyberspace.
President Barack Obama would veto a cyber security bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives if it was presented to him for signature, the White House said on Wednesday, citing privacy and oversight concerns.
“The president insisted on these irresponsible cuts, promising to work in a bipartisan way, so that they would never, ever threaten our national security. ... Only Republicans have addressed the threat to our national security by passing responsible legislation to replace these defense cuts with responsible savings and reforms.”
The House’s action today replaces automatic defense cuts — cuts the Obama administration accurately said were ‘devastating’ to our military — with sensible spending cuts and reforms that reduce the deficit. We are also acting to preserve safety net programs to help ensure they exist in the future. Instead of forcing troops to pay for Washington’s failures, we’re eliminating bailouts, slush funds, and stopping fraud. My question for President Obama is,where is your plan to stop these automatic cuts from hollowing out our defenses? Does he agree with Senate Democrats who believe these arbitrary cuts are the right approach?
House Republican leaders had many reasons for voting on another repeal bill. They detest the 2010 law. They see it as a winning issue for them. And they wanted to placate freshman Republicans like Representative Ben Quayle of Arizona, who described repeal as a way to protect constituents from “the tyranny of government overreach.”
Waging old battles with new zeal, the House passed a bill on Wednesday to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul law less than two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional.
The bill was approved by a vote of 244 to 185, with five Democrats supporting repeal.
This week, the Senate passed a plan that I proposed a few weeks ago to protect middle class Americans and virtually every small business owner from getting hit with a big tax hike next year – a tax hike of $2,200 for the typical family.
Now it comes down to this: If 218 Members of the House vote the right way, 98% of American families and 97% of small business owners will have the certainty of knowing that that their income taxes will not go up next year.
Abortion took center stage in the fight over spending cuts. The abortion measure in the House Republicans' extension bill, and one they say they won't budge on, would reinstate a policy that prevented the District of Columbia from using locally generated taxes to provide financial help to poor women for abortions.
The House voted earlier this year to defund Planned Parenthood, but 41 Democrats in the Senate said they would not support that legislation. The White House said the president would not agree to any ban on funds to Planned Parenthood.
Kicking off a Cabinet meeting this afternoon, President Obama again pushed the House of Representatives to follow the lead of the Senate and extend tax cuts for the middle class before the looming January 1 deadline.
"[My] administration is focusing on our economy, and how do we make sure that this is an economy in which people who work hard, who act responsibly, can get ahead," the President said.