NM representatives react to House's vote to defund Obamacare

Posted at: 09/20/2013 12:46 PM
Updated at: 09/20/2013 12:57 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With ten days left until the federal government runs out of funding, the House of Representatives passed a bill to keep the government open until December while also eliminating funding for Obamacare.

The vote was almost entirely along party lines, with only one Republican opposing and two Democrats supporting the bill.

Two Democratic New Mexico representatives, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, voted against the measure while New Mexico's Republican congressman, Rep. Steve Pearce, voted in favor of the bill.

"It's official: House Republicans have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tea Party. Their threat to shut down the government unless we prevent uninsured Americans from getting the coverage they need under the Affordable Care Act is absolutely irresponsible and is an abdication of their responsibility as elected representatives," Rep. Lujan Grisham wrote in a statement.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan agreed, stating, "This vote puts us one step closer to a government shutdown while creating another manufactures crisis that threatens to harm the economy."

But Rep. Pearce said the vote was a step in the right direction, stating, "Americans have overwhelmingly asked Congress to defund the unpopular and unworkable affordable care act, and today, we listened."

The legislation now goes to the Senate, where the Democratic majority says it has no chance of passing. President Barack Obama said if the bill makes it to his desk, he will veto it.