Republican Cantor Says U.S. House to Bar Funding for Obama Health-Care Law

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said a spending measure needed to continue financing government operations this fiscal year will also prohibit money to implement the health-care law.

Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said yesterday the spending measure will include a provision that would “preclude any funds to be used for” the overhaul of the U.S. health-care system that was enacted last year.

Congress must pass legislation to continue financing the government by March 4, when a temporary funding measure expires, or risk a shutdown of offices and services. The House will begin debating the measure next week.

As part of the legislation, House Republicans also are proposing $35 billion in spending cuts for the 2011 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

The House, in one of its first actions since Republicans took control following November’s elections, voted last month to repeal the health-care law. That measure is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, so House Republicans are pursuing other ways to stymie implementation of the law, which fully takes effect in 2014.

Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Cantor, told reporters that Representative Denny Rehberg, a Montana Republican, would offer the amendment to barring funds for the health-care law. Rehberg has announced plans to run against Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, in 2012.

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