The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to defund the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, while keeping the rest of the federal government funded through mid-December.
The House, which is controlled by Republicans, voted 230-189 for a bill that would keep the government borrowing after its current authority comes to an end September 30. Of course, the most controversial part of this measure is that it permanently defunds the Affordable Care Act.
So what does this mean for the nation? At this point, not much. The spending bill will now go to the Democrat controlled Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it will be passed, except for the defunding of Obamacare.
Once that happens, the bill would be sent back to the House for reconciliation. The House and Senate will need to come up with a compromise by the end of the month.
Obama administration officials have already said that the President would veto the House bill if it were to pass through the Senate.