Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1216, a bill to convert the $230 million direct appropriation for residency programs at teaching centers into an authorization of appropriations.
"Today Congress continues its work to cut the mandatory spending in ObamaCare," Nunnelee said. "Under the current health care law, teaching health centers receive mandatory funding while other programs, such as those involving children's hospitals, are at a clear disadvantage since they would have to go through the normal appropriations process. With our country facing a national debt over $14 trillion, we must ensure priorities are examined and discussed through the normal process and not converted into automatic spending," concluded Nunnelee.
H.R. 1216 is the fourth bill in this Congress to receive a House floor vote that deals with defunding the mandatory appropriations included in ObamaCare. H.R. 1216 continues in the tradition of these other three ObamaCare defunding bills by rescinding unobligated funds that were previously appropriated and reasserting congressional authority to weigh the value of different public health service programs to spend federal funds accordingly through the normal appropriations process.