Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare


Taken directly from Mike Lee’s senate site @ lee.senate.gov

Sept, 26th 2013

People ClappingWASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee explained that Senate Republicans have the votes to prevent Sen. Harry Reid from reinstating funding for Obamacare in the House continuing resolution if they will stay unified.  Republicans only need 41 votes to block Reid from using procedural tricks to put Obamacare funding back in the bill.

 “House Republicans showed tremendous courage and unity in voting to fund government, avoid a shut down, and protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare,” said Sen. Lee.  “Senate Republicans have the ability to show that same courage by staying unified and together opposing cloture on the final bill.  We should continue to withhold support for ending debate until Senator Reid either brings up the House bill as is for an up-or-down vote, or allows an open amendment process that permits both Republicans and Democrats to offer amendments to the bill.”

Opposing cloture to end debate is one of the few tools the minority has in the Senate to prevent the majority from imposing its partisan will on the American people or using procedural tricks to limit the minority’s rights.  Republicans have defended their rights against Sen. Harry Reid’s procedural tricks several times in the past.  For example, in 2011, Republicans used 44 votes to block ending debate on the Small Business Innovation Research Act, and 51 votes to prevent ending debate on the Public Works and Economic Development Reauthorization Act (4 Democrats voted with a united Republican caucus).  In 2012, Republicans gathered 42 votes to oppose ending debate on the Highway Bill.

Reid is again using procedural tricks – known as “filling the tree” – on the House CR to prevent Republican amendments and shove through a process that will gut the House-passed bill.  Republicans voting “YES” on cloture will likely find themselves aligned with a united Democratic caucus on a procedural vote that would allow Sen. Reid to gut the House bill and fund Obamacare.

 “Republicans should stand up for their rights as a minority and for the American people as a whole. We have the votes to win, if only Senate Republicans will stand together as the House did and as we have in the past,” Sen. Lee added.

The vote on cloture to end debate is expected on Friday, but could be held as early as Thursday evening.




One thought on “Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare

  1. JohnathanJohnathan Post author

    The cloture vote to end debate on the House passed Continuing Resolution happened just moments ago. 25 Republicans voted in favor of ending debate, even though they knew that it would result in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attaching an amendment to that would allow funding for Obamacare. These 25 Republicans were relying on 5 Democrats to switch over on final passage, rather than relying on themselves to draw a line in the sand and demand a 60 vote threshold to fund Obamacare.

    They will try to tell you that on final passage of the bill they voted against Obamacare, but the simple truth is – their vote for cloture was a vote to fund Obamacare. Simple logic would have told them that if they voted on cloture and allowed Harry Reid to strip the defunding measure out of the bill that it would easily pass on a 51 vote simple majority.

    Here’s the list of Senators who voted to fund Obamacare today before they voted against it. Call them and tell them that their games aren’t fooling you and you will not stand for it.

    Alexander TN (202) 224-4944

    Ayotte NH (202) 224-3324

    Barrasso WY (202) 224-6441

    Blunt MO (202) 224-5721

    Boozman AR (202) 224-4843

    Burr NC (202) 224-3154

    Chambliss GA (202) 224-3521

    Chiesa NJ (202) 224-3224

    Coats IN (202) 224-5623

    Coburn OK (202) 224-5754

    Cochran MS (202) 224-5054

    Collins ME (202) 224-2523

    Corker TN (202) 224-3344

    Cornyn TX (202) 224-2934

    Graham SC (202) 224-5972

    Hoeven ND (202) 224-2551

    Isakson GA (202) 224-3643

    Johanns NE (202) 224-4224

    Johnson WI (202) 224-5323

    Kirk IL (202) 224-2854

    McCain AZ (202) 224-2235

    McConnell KY (202) 224-2541

    Murkowski AK (202) 224-6665

    Thune SD (202) 224-2321

    Wicker MS (202) 224-6253


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