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Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:21:57 PM »
WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) 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.


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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 03:31:51 PM »
They do have the votes, if they would just do it... do what they were ELECTED to do .. what people donated money to them to do ... what people manned phones for them to do.
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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 03:36:24 PM »
They do have the votes, if they would just do it... do what they were ELECTED to do .. what people donated money to them to do ... what people manned phones for them to do.

Yes they have the votes and that is EXACTLY what they should do!
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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 04:40:24 PM »
No, the GOP doesn't have the votes.  They've got 14 votes, maybe a couple more.  And Lee just objected to Reid's request to move up the vote on cloture so that the CR can be returned to the House with some time left for the House to respond.

TWO Senators are holding up the show:  Lee and Cruz.  Bob Corker just made clear, speaking on the Senate floor, that they and they alone are the only Republicans who object.

The reason they object?  They've notified their supporters and the media to "watch us tomorrow morning."  In other words, this is nothing but a publicity stunt.

Remember:  not a single poll shows the majority of the public, including Republicans, supporting a shutdown. 
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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 04:41:30 PM »
No they have 46 votes - if they would only use them.
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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 04:52:36 PM »
No they have 46 votes - if they would only use them.

They do not have 46 votes.

And, just now, Corker asked Cruz what happens if he gets his wish, that cloture is not invoked.  Cruz fumbled around and couldn't  or wouldn't answer.

So Corker answered:  the CR dies and the House has to come up with another one.  That would guarantee a shutdown.
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Re: Lee: GOP Has the Votes to Stop Funding Obamacare
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2013, 04:56:47 PM »
We have 46 GOP senators - ergo we have 46 votes. That is not nothing as they need 60 for cloture.   
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