POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:16pm
Republicans approve short-term spending bill, also elimates funding for 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday that a faction on the far right of the Republican Party was "actually willing to plunge America into default if we can't defund" health care reforms known as Obamacare.
The President added that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Company in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."
The Republican-led House on Friday passed a short-term spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, setting off a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate that could result in a government shutdown in less than two weeks.
On Thursday, the Republican-led U.S. House approved legislation that would cut $40 billion from food stamps, which would force some 14 million people from that program over the next decade.
The measure, however, has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama has promised to veto it if it ever reaches his desk.