Top Oversight Dem: Republicans in Congress 'failed the American people'

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said early Sunday that Republicans in Congress "failed the American people" in passing a continuing resolution that delays ObamaCare by one year and repeals a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. 

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"They voted to shut down the government, all because of their obsession with taking away health insurance for millions of people and giving back to insurance companies the power to decide who gets what care," Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.

"In their blind pursuit of ideology over our nation’s best interests, Republicans are hurting our economy, threatening job creation, and leaving families with less security and stability."

House Republicans approved a stopgap spending bill earlier Sunday that delays ObamaCare in a vote that increases the chances of a government shutdown on Tuesday.

The House added language delaying implementation of the healthcare law by a year in a 231-192 vote.

Members also voted to eliminate a tax on medical devices in a 248-174 vote. The tax is intended to pay for some of the law’s costs.

Republican supporters said the ObamaCare delay is necessary to prepare a wary public for sweeping changes that lack the underlying infrastructure to make them work.

The White House has threatened to veto the measure, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proclaimed it dead in the upper chamber.

"As a result of these irresponsible actions, federal employees – who have already endured relentless attacks on their salary and benefits – will suffer yet again through no fault of their own, and critical services on which so many American families rely will come to a grinding halt,” Cummings added.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, where Reid is expected to scrap the two healthcare amendments with a single vote on Monday, when the Senate returns, and return the "clean" CR, yet again, to Boehner and House Republicans.