House Republican have thrown down the gauntlet, where Obamacare is concerned. They are calling on their Republican counterparts, in the senate, to vote no on cloture, today.
On Thursday, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to all 46 Republicans, in the senate, strongly urging them to vote no on cloture for the Continuing Resolution that would allow Harry Reid reinstate Obamacare funding with a simple majority vote of 51.
The letter states:
“As you are well aware, it is highly likely that Majority Leader Harry Reid will move to amend the House-passed CR and remove the language from the bill that defunds and delays ObamaCare before sending it back to the House. As you are also aware, such a motion can only proceed in three-fifths of the Senate invokes cloture and allows this amendment process to begin. Simply put, the only chance that Senator Reid has to pursue this course of action is if six or more Republican Senators join the Democrats in voting to invoke cloture.”
It goes on to point out that House members worked hard to send the senate a bill to include a defund of Obamacare, which is the will of the people, and they regard any vote to support cloture as a vote to support the funding of Obamacare.
Absent from the 21 signatures on the House letter were Congresswoman, Ann Wagner, and Congressman, Blaine Luetkemeyer.
Ann Wagner’s Press Spokesman, Patrick Howell, stated that the congresswoman does support the defunding of Obamacare, and keeping the government running, and typically does not sign letters as her vote reflects her sentiments on issues. In a statement issued on September 20, 2013, she passed the issue to Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to keep the ball in play.
Congressman, Luetkemeyer’s office failed to respond to requests for statements before the filing of this story.
Senator, Roy Blunt issued a statement earlier this week stating that he will vote to defund, but will support cloture.
“In the House and Senate, I've repeatedly voted to defund, repeal, and delay President Obama's health care law. I believe there is growing evidence that it will not work.
This week, I'll continue that fight by supporting the House-passed continuing resolution, which defunds ObamaCare and keeps the government open without increasing federal spending. I will vote to begin debate on this bill and move to final passage on the House-passed CR. I will also vote against any attempts by the Majority Leader to restore funding for ObamaCare.”
Senator Blunt’s office also failed to respond to requests for further statements on the House letter or his cloture vote.
Senator Blunt, and Congressman/woman Luetkemeyer and Wagner were scheduled to appear at CPAC-St. Louis, tomorrow, but it is likely that they may stay in Washington D.C. to address developing issues related to government shutdown, and Obamacare defunding. Congresswoman Wagner’s office has confirmed she will not attend CPAC.