U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga), sponsor of the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, a government-funding resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 that defunds and delays the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), appeared on FOX News this morning to discuss the odds of his resolution passing U.S. Senate.
"We sent a bill to the Senate that accomplishes our objectives, and that's keeping the government open while protecting our constituents from Obamacare," said Graves. "And it really comes down to a handful of Democratic senators who will be making the most important vote of their political career."
The government-funding resolution passed the House of Representatives last week. The legislation is unlikely to pass the Senate, since even some Republicans want to filibuster the bill to stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. from gutting the Obamacare provision from the resolution. Either way, President Barack Obama already said he'd veto any resolution that defunds his health care law.
However, Graves remains optimistic and appears to believe that the Senate could still pass the bill. The Georgia lawmaker named southern senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), and Mary Landriou (D-La.) as those who will be under the most scrutiny if they refuse to support the resolution.
"These are red-state Democrats who have to be hearing the same concerns, or pain, or hurt from their constituents that we have heard in our districts," said Graves. "And so it's my hope that they will listen to their constituents saying escape the clutch of Harry Reid as he's trying to tell them what to do right now."
The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution on Wednesday.
Graves represents Georgia's 14th congressional district.