People attending a House Rules Committee hearing on Saturday evening burst into laughter when Rep. Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) affirmed to House Budget Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.) that President Barack Obama, by threatening to veto a continuing resolution to fund the government past Monday if it included a House amendment to delay Obamacare, had thus “drawn a red line” on the CR.
The committee was meeting to approve the rule by which the House would consider the Senate-passed CR and amendments to it that would repeal a tax on medical devices and delay Obamacare for one year.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.), the ranking member of the committee, read a position statement she said was from the administration, that threatened the veto.
“If the president was presented with H.J.Res ,59 as amended by the amendments, he would veto the bill,” said Slaughter, reading from the administration’s statement.