Sen. Shelby moves to defund Obama healthcare law

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Wednesday he will offer an amendment to strike down all funding designated to implement President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law, dubbed 'ObamaCare' by many who oppose it.

Shelby, a ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), made the announcement during a full committee hearing on the 2012 Fiscal Year appropriations bill for Labor/HHS.

"My amendment is straightforward: It delays obligation of new funds for grant programs authorized in ObamaCare, suspends implementation of new programs, and prevents agencies from hiring several hundred employees to implement the health care law," Shelby said.

Shelby accused Democrats of "increasing costs, taxes, and regulations when job creators can afford it least."

Instead, Shelby wants to "pass market-based reforms and stand firm against an expansion of the entitlement mentality that is bringing Europe to its knees."

Shelby faces an uphill battle if he wants his amendment to pass. The U.S. Senate is controlled by Democrats who will most assuredly work to defeat the measure.

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