U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans from Georgia, voted today in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed to the Stability, Security and Fairness Act, a government-funding resolution penned by House Republicans which defunds President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
The vote 100-0 allows the bill to be debate on the Senate floor. The resolution must be passed before October 1st.
“Today, I voted in favor of the House Republican’s bill, because it defunds Obamacare and funds the government, without increasing spending,” said Chambliss in a joint statement with Isakson. “The House of Representatives delivered a bill to the Senate that the American people want, and that I support. I will oppose any attempt by Majority Leader Reid to strip the provision that defunds Obamacare from this bill. Instead of admitting defeat before it has come, Republicans should work together to convince Senate Democrats to stop this flawed health care law from being implemented.
"I hope my colleagues decide that wrecking our already fragile economy is too high of a price to pay just to uphold the President’s signature law.”
Republicans received some criticism from conservatives for not trying to filibuster the bill. It is assumed that Senate Democrats will readjust the resolution to fund Obamacare, therefore not allowing the vote to go through would supposedly stop Obamacare.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator who stayed up all night to (not) filibuster the bill. He spoke for over 21 hours.
The Senate procedures, however, did not allow for filibuster. Also, no funding resolution would mean that the government would not be funded after September 30, while Obamacare would be, because of the way the law was written. Cruz ended up voting for the debate.
"In keeping with my consistent and strong opposition to Obamacare, I joined with Senator Chambliss and all of Georgia’s House Republican members in voting today for the House-passed continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare and keeps the government running," said Isakson. "I have cast almost 60 votes to defund, dismantle and repeal this disastrous health care law and will continue to do so. I hope that the Senate will act quickly so that we have time to work with the House to find a resolution for continuing to fund the government before Oct.1.”