House Appropriator introduces defunding language

A powerful House Republican on Wednesday introduced an amendment to the GOP spending bill that would defund the sweeping new healthcare reform law.

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), chairman of the House Appropriations health subcommittee, introduced the amendment to the continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the end of September.

According to the amendment, no money can be used for "any employee, officer, contractor, or grantee of any department or agency" funded by the reform law.

"My amendment prevents funding from being used to implement Obamacare while we continue to work for a full legislative or judicial repeal," Rehberg said in a statement.

With a vote to repeal the reform law failing in the Senate earlier this month, House Republicans are hoping to choke off funds to implement the overhaul. The law is also being challenged in a number of federal courts, though the Supreme Court isn't expected to hear the cases until 2012.