The House on Thursday voted to shut the government down over funding for the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) argued that the GOP has “lost the will to govern” because of the government shutdown.
Trent Franks (R) and Mike Coffman (R), both Republicans, argued that Democrats were trying to take away healthcare for Americans who do not qualify for it, and suggested that they would use the shutdown to undermine Obamacare.
Franks and Coffman argued that because the House is not taking part in the government, the government will shut down for a week.
They said that they plan to “try to get people back to work on Friday,” but that the shutdown would not end until after they are sworn in.
“We’ve already lost the will of the people to govern,” Franks said.
“That’s what we’re going to try to do, is take it back to the drawing board.”
Democrats in the House had been demanding a vote on a bill to provide healthcare for all Americans, and had promised to vote on it on Thursday, but the Democrats were unable to reach a deal.
House Republicans will vote to shut off the government for seven days.
The Democrats say that they will use the seven days to pass a healthcare bill and that they are not interested in any sort of compromise, but that they “will take whatever they want to take” if they get the votes.
Reporters were allowed to enter the closed-door meeting and were told to remain in the meeting for as long as they wanted.
The Associated Press reported that the House passed the bill on Thursday with all Republicans present.
The bill was expected to be approved by the House on Friday.
Rep., Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), has long been a critic of the health care law, saying that it is “not fair, it’s not working for the people of this country.”
He argued that it “is a giveaway to big business, to the pharmaceutical industry, to drug companies, to insurance companies and big banks, and to Wall Street and big corporate interests that are destroying our economy.”
The House voted to reopen the government on March 23, and on Wednesday, House Democrats voted to hold a special vote to try and bring back the government in order to repeal Obamacare.
“This is an effort by some Republicans in Congress to sabotage the health insurance program that the American people have relied on for decades, in order, in the interest of their donors, to get something done for their donors,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) told the AP.
Rep, Rep. Andy Harris (D), also argued that Republicans “want to keep Obamacare alive in order for them to get re-elected,” but were unable “to do that in the middle of the night.”
Rep. Mike Thompson (R-) argued that House Democrats “want the government shut down and they want a vote,” but said that “they’re not going to have the votes in the Senate to bring it back.”
He said that House Republicans are “stuck in a political deadlock that has nothing to do with health care.”
He also said that the Democrats are “playing games with the American public” by threatening to shut all of the federal government down.
The House is scheduled to meet again on March 27.