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Spoiling for yet another budget fight, House Republicans have a spending bill that defunds the Affordable Care Act.
The draft legislation [pdf] would attempt to derail implementation of the law. It would specifically block any money from going to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight — the office handling the bulk of the implementation effort — as well as the recently disbanded office in charge of setting up the controversial CLASS program.

All told, the bill would rescind $6.8 billion, according to the Appropriations Committee. It would block funding for the Affordable Care Act until legal challenges over the law’s individual coverage mandate have been settled.

But the bill isn’t likely to see a markup any time soon. Although it would cut spending on a wide range of programs within the Health and Human Services Department, its total spending levels are still too high for two of the committee’s Republican members.

So, even though it attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act, it isn't sufficiently austere for two members of the committee. And, according to The Hill it's not even teabaggy freshmen who are objecting; it's Reps. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). Once they iron that out, and slash enough other programs, the ACA defunding will likely proceed apace. Until it gets to the Senate.

The draft bill also cuts off funding for NPR and the Obama administration's "Race to the Top" education program. It's hard to believe that they forgot to throw Planned Parenthood in there, too. And don't forget that there's probably going to be another FEMA funding fight before this is all over.

Isn't it great that Democrats made a deal with them to ease the 2012 budget process?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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