On Friday, Democrats -- along with over half of the Republicans in the Senate -- voted for cloture on the bill to fund the government without funding Obamacare. Of the 46 Republicans in the Senate, only 18 voted with Ted Cruz to keep debate going. The rest, including Sen. John McCain, voted with Harry Reid. The Senate later voted along party lines to fund Obamacare. News of the vote prompted conservative groups to slam what Freedomworks' Matt Kibbe called in an email, "Obama-Republicans."
"Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul did everything they could to Defund ObamaCare. But, Establishment Republicans stabbed them in the back. They gave Obama an easy out. They helped fund ObamaCare," he said.
Nathan Mehrens, president of the conservative Americans for Limited Government, called the vote "extremely disappointing" and said McConnell and others who voted for cloture can no longer truthfully say they oppose Obamacare.
"Each of these Republicans have previously opposed Obamacare. With this vote in favor of cloture of a continuing resolution that allows Obamacare to be funded, they have effectively allowed Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to move forward with their train wreck of a plan. In doing so, they can no longer claim that they are willing to do anything it takes to stop Obamacare," he said.
As a result, Mehrens added, "the Senators who voted for cloture today own the law every bit as much as if they had originally supported it."
"There are some who will try to explain that the Republicans simply don't have a majority in the Senate," he added. "However, unlike when Obamacare was passed, Republicans do have the votes to stop anything in the Senate if they only had the will. And today, by invoking cloture they gave away that power."
"This failure of courage exhibited today will haunt Senate Republicans well into the future," he said.
Senate Republicans did vote to defund Obamacare, but for conservatives, the real vote -- the vote for cloture -- essentially sealed the deal.
McConnell later complained that while Republicans really do want to defund Obamacare, there weren't enough of them to overcome the Democrats.
There were, however, more than enough Republicans to stop cloture.
"This doesn't mean we'll give up the fight if they don't. We won't,” he said.
But Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips had a simple question for McConnell.
"When the he*l did you start to fight?" he asked. "The answer is you didn’t," he said.
"You sold America out. You wanted to just get along with your friends in Washington and ignore the will of the people," Phillips added, renaming the massive health care law "McConnellcare."
The bill now heads back to the House.
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said in a press release that the House is unlikely to approve the Senate measure. Both Idaho Senators voted with Cruz against cloture.
It is unclear if Congress will approve a measure in time to stop a government shutdown by Oct. 1.
A list of the Republicans who voted against Cruz can be seen here.
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