Conservative groups wanted "no" vote on House GOP plan

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 15, 2013 

Here's one reason the House Republican debt limit/budget plan is not being taken to a vote Tuesday: Some influential conservative groups didn't like it.

Heritage Action for America urged a no vote, and said it would be part of its "scoreboard," which it uses to judge how conservatives lawmakers are.

Here's some of the group's reasoning:

"Tonight, the House is scheduled to vote on a plan that would extend government funding to December 15 and the debt ceiling through February 7 in exchange for overturning the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) ruling that created the congressional exemption. Unfortunately, the proposed deal will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s massive new entitlements from taking root — radically changing the nature of American health care.

"Despite overruling OPM’s congressional exemption, the proposed plan will do absolutely nothing to help Americans who are negatively impacted by Obamacare. Premiums will continue to skyrocket, cancellation notices will still arrive in the mail, employers will continue reducing hours and bureaucrats will continue reaching deeper and deeper into our health care decisions."

FreedomWorks agreed. A vote for the plan, it said, would "raise the debt ceiling, fully fund the government, and fully fund ObamaCare, while doing nothing to provide Americans relief from the Washington health care takeover."

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