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Boehner Predicts 'Big Victory' on Bill that Would Defund Health

September 20, 2013

House Republicans, using the threat of a government shutdown, said Friday they were set to vote on ending funding for the Affordable Health Act.

Much of the federal government will shutdown Oct. 1 without legislation from Congress to extend existing fund levels, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The bill before the House would allow for the government to carry on with its operations for 75 days, but an amendment would strip funding for the healthcare law, The Hill said.

"The law is a train wreck, and it's going to raise costs. It's destroying American jobs, and it must go," House Speaker John A. Boehner said. "We'll deliver a big victory in the House... then this fight will move over to the Senate, where it belongs."

Democrats said the bill would be stalled in the Senate.

"In case there's any shred of doubt in the minds of our House counterparts, I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead. It's a waste of time," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

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