25 Republicans Back Obamacare

 

http://www.westernfreepress.com/2013/09/27/the-vote-is-in-senate-republicans-help-democrats-fund-obamacare/

 

 

More than two dozen Senate Republicans deserted the grassroots of their party Friday in a vote that paved the way to fund Obamacare.

 

Only 19 of the 46 Senate Republicans voted against ending debate on the House-passed continuing resolution to fund the federal government past September 30 and defund Obamacare. Two Republicans – Jeff Flake and Orin Hatch – did not vote.

 

A vote to end debate – supported by 25 Republicans – was tantamount to stripping the Obama care defunding measure from the continuing resolution.

 

Following is a list of the 19 Republicans who voted against cloture in support of defunding Obamacare:

 

NAYs —19

Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)

 

 

 

Not Voting – 2

Flake (R-AZ) Hatch (R-UT)  
     

 

 

 

And now, the unfortunate yeas:

 

Alexander
Ayotte
Barrasso
Blunt
Boozman
Burr
Chambliss
Chiesa
Coats
Coburn
Cochran
Collins
Corker
Cornyn
Graham
Hoeven
Isakson
Johanns
Johnson (WI)
Kirk
McCain
McConnell
Murkowski
Thune
Wicker

 

Following the 79 to 19 vote to end debate on the House-passed, the Senate voted 54 to 44 to strip the Obamacare defunding from the resolution. The Senate then passed the resolution by the same margin.

 

The unanimous Republican opposition to the amendment removing the Obamacare defunding measure was a cosmetic and meaningless vote. Some Republicans will now say they opposed funding Obamacare, but their vote to end debate opened the door to Democrats to save Obamacare funding with a simple majority.

 

The 25 Republicans who voted to end debate and fund Obamacare included the entire Republican leadership – Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John Thune, Roy Blunt, and John Barrasso.

 

Now the targets of Republican opposition in 2014 are the vulnerable Democratic incumbents who continued to support

 

Obamacare – Pryor of Arkansas, Landrieu of Louisiana, Hagan of North Carolina, and Begich of Alaska.

 

There will be consequences Republicans as well. The 25 Republicans who voted for cloture and Obamacare funding defied a growing grassroots movement determined to defund or delay Obamacare. They defied the work of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and others who have worked for months to block Obamacare funding.

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