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Congress Adjourns for August Recess, ACA Debates Continue

Before leaving town for August recess, the House voted last Friday on the “keep the IRS off your health care act,” which would bar the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and collecting taxes to fund the law.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are trying to lay the groundwork to defund the ACA as part of negotiations to fund the government after the continuing resolution expires Sept. 30. Other Republican colleagues, including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), argue against the idea, citing a Congressional Research Service report that indicates that defunding the ACA will have no impact on the likelihood of a government shutdown. This weekend House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said delaying the law and replacing it would be a better approach than threatening to shut the government down over it.

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