In a scathing message intended for GOP Senate leaders -- some of whom appear unwilling to hear from constituents -- the conservative Americans for a Limited Government said Thursday that any Senator who votes for cloture is casting a vote that will allow Obamacare to be implemented. In essence, the group said, any Senator who votes for cloture will effectively own the unpopular law.
"That is the only vote the American people are going to care about. If you vote 'yes' for cloture, you support Obamacare," ALG president Nathan Mehrens said in a statement.
If 41 Senate Republicans vote against cloture it would prevent the continuing resolution from moving forward in the Senate, giving Reid the opportunity to amend it with the support of just 51 Democrats, CNS News added.
Mehrens said that if Republicans in the Senate adopt a strategy put forward by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Americans will be saddled with Obamacare until about 2019. The so-called Cornyn strategy, ALG explained, assumes Republicans will get a majority in the Senate in 2014 and win the White House in 2016.
"In effect," he said, "the Senate Republican strategy to get rid of Obamacare is to allow it to be implemented. It accepts failure as its premise, and to call it plan is the most cynical, condescending trick of all, when it is simply surrender."
Cruz said that every Senator who listens to his or her constituents will vote against funding Obamacare, but as Garth Kant observed at WND, either the phone lines have melted or Senators have opted to simply not answer them.
Callers could not get through to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, he said. Nor could they reach Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz. Both have indicated they would vote for cloture, effectively giving Reid and Obama what they want. McConnell claims to oppose Obamacare, but also opposes Cruz's efforts to defund the law.
Kant said McCain -- who was once spotted playing online poker during a crucial Senate hearing -- apparently had other, more pressing matters to deal with than the future of America's healthcare system.
“Final episode of #Broadchurch tonight – one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now," the Arizona Republican tweeted.
“Meanwhile, McCain is tweeting about a TV show. See the problem here, America?” conservative columnist Michelle Malkin tweeted.
Despite the personal animosity leveled at him by Republicans and Democrats alike, Cruz remains hopeful that his colleagues will listen to constituents and do the right thing.
“I don’t know how the Senators will vote tomorrow, but I hope they listen to their constituents,” Cruz said. “And any senator who expresses annoyance or frustration at hearing from his or her constituents, and receiving phone calls, or emails, or Tweets, from his or her constituents, it seems to me, may have lost sight of the people for whom we are working."
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