Citing House rules, the GOP-controlled House Rules Committee blocked a proposed amendment to a funding bill that would have withheld funds for implementing the healthcare reform law, according to a report by the Hill.
The proposed amendment was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a member of the Tea Party caucus. If it had been tacked onto the continuing resolution for fiscal 2011, which will be debated this week, it would have called for withholding $105 billion in reform spending over 10 years.
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The committee determined the measure violated House rules against members “legislating” on appropriations bills. However, a committee member reminded Rep. King that he has “lots of other opportunities” to offer a similar amendment to other bills this year.