Donna Smith and Andy Sullivan
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
(Reuters) “ The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote to block funding for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.
“I expect to see one way or other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that,¯ Cantor said at a news conference, referring to an effort to block implementation of the health-care law.
House Republicans aim to pass a spending measure next week that would immediately cut at least $32 billion from the government’s $3.7 trillion budget in an effort to trim budget deficits that could hit an estimated $1.5 trillion this year.
Details of the Republican spending-cut package will be made public on Thursday ahead of a wide-ranging debate on the House floor next week.