Skip to comments.Senate Reaches Cloture, 79-19, on House-Passed Spending Bill
Posted on 09/27/2013 11:04:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
Senator Ted Cruz and the rest of his defund crew have consistently said that a vote for cloture on the House-passed spending bill is akin to a vote for Obamacare. But unfortunately for them, the much-anticipated votes are in and the news isnt great. As it happens, the Senate voted, 79-19, to end debate on the spending bill all but guaranteeing that the provision explicitly defunding Obamacare will be stripped -- and the amended bill eventually kicked back to the House of Representatives.
Twitchy breaks down what just happened in simplistic and easy-to-understand terms:
There were many Republicans in the Senate who voted yes on the continuing resolution, which is essentially a vote against defunding Obamacare. Exceeding 60 votes means there will be no more debate on the spending bill.
Having gotten the 60 votes means that Harry Reid will now only need a simple majority of votes in order to put the funding for Obamacare back into the spending bill.
In other words, Obamacare wont be defunded. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: Senator Cruz released the following statement:
"Today's vote by Sen. Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats to fully fund Obamacare was yet the latest example of Washington not listening to the people.
"Obamacare is a 'train wreck,' a 'nightmare,' to use the words of its Democratic author and a union leader who previously supported the bill. It is the biggest job killer in America.
"As Teamsters President James Hoffa explained in a letter to Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare is hurting 'millions of working men and women ... and the families they support,' and it 'will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.'
"Senate Democrats refused to listen.
"President Obama has granted exemptions for big business and Members of Congress, but Senate Democrats refuse to grant the American people the same exemption. Instead, they used political power to maintain their privileged position while doing nothing to respond to the pleas of millions of Americans.
"But this fight continues. Now the bill returns to the House. The House showed remarkable courage voting to defund Obamacare, and I hope and believe that the House will stand by their resolve and continue to lead the effort to stop the Obamacare train wreck.
"Obamacare is killing jobs, forcing people into part-time work, causing health insurance premiums to skyrocket, and threatening the healthcare of millions of Americans.
"Today, far too many Republicans joined Harry Reid in giving the Democrats the ability to fund Obamacare. When the bill comes back to the Senate, when the House yet again stands for principle and fights for the American people, I very much hope that Senate Republicans will rise to the challenge. We are stronger when we are united, and we can defeat Obamacare only if Senate Republicans come together, stand with House Republicans, and champion the millions of Americans being harmed by this disastrous healthcare law."
Vitter,Paul,Lee,Cruz,Crapo,Enzi,Fischer,Roberts,Scott,Heller,Grassley,Toomey,Moran, Rubio, Shelby,Risch,Inhofe, Portman, Sessions
These are the 19 who stayed true to the core values of conservativism.
As for the other cowards in the GOP, beware retribution.
May 'We The People' make them go the way of Dick Lugar.
These ones get to stay, the rest OUT IN THE NEXT ELECTION!
I hope there is a way that we can strip retirement money from the ones that voted for Obamacare to stay.
I am glad to see at least one of my senators on that list.
Now I'm gonna have to side with the “Ditch Mitch” crowd.
None of these deserve to be in office one more day.
“Some animals are more equal than others”
“Let them make penicillin from moldy bread”
And the ONLY reason the despicable Rubio voted this way was because he knew it would make NO DIFFERENCE/
I mean “H.J.Res. 59”
Not just “good enough” but “in your best interest”.
Just issued a SCATHING sarcastic and ACCURATE presser on this......
Time for a NEW and REAL Conservative party yet?
Here`s an idea for the name: The Conservative Party.
The GOP can hold itself into the Democrat party and then people can have an actual difference to vote for at the polls.
Time for a third party!
the GOP will blow sequestration on more spending.
I see that photo upthread as a stark illustration how our government has devolved into a peculiar mixture of medieval feifdoms and the mafiocracy the USSR devolved into shortly after its breakup. Bribes are accepted openly as “campaign” contributions, and lobbyists wining and dining them represent every interest except that of the citizenry.
I just went to the doc for my little physical. The mood there was somber. The attitude is that they will hold out as long as they can but know they are going to shut the office down. My doc won’t do what he thinks is coming.
One of the older ladies asked what I thought about what is going to happen while she was drawing my blood. I said nothing good and that people haven’t got a clue how bad it is going to be.
One of the younger nurses looked at the floor, shook her head and said, “the country is going to shite.” Just that plain, just that clear. The young are seeing it now? Probably not enough though. This is a small town in Texas that used to be out in the woods and is becoming just another meal for the urban sprawl amoeba.
We can’t go on much longer the way we are now. The end of this 80 year cycle is at hand. I wonder what will come out of the destruction?
My problem with Cruz concerning Obamacare is the following. He doesn’t seem to understand that federal Obamacare is unconstitutional for the simple reason that the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate, tax and spend for public healthcare purposes.
Time for a second Party!
Also the Tea Party should start recall effort recalling all Senators and Representatives they can. The States that do not support recall a concentrated effort should be to work towards getting a conservative Contitutionalist candidate on the ballot.
And that has stopped Obamacare? Wake up. You cannot stop the communists that are in power.
They won't retire. They will die in office, then continue to vote with the rats for another year or so.
They have to start with McCain because he still has 3 more years left in office. And even if he did retire after that, we need to make a loud and clear statement. Recall Obama’s right hand man John S. McCain.
Please help me understand....
- McConnel et al voted FOR cloture
- Now they’re voting to defund
- Cloture makes it harder to do that
- So now his vote is purely symbolic... but essentially he was for it before he was against it....
Please correct my misunderstandings.
Meanwhile, the 19 who stood with Senators Cruz and Lee to keep pushing for defunding ObamaCare are:
Enzi - No doubt Liz Cheney fans will claim he only did so because she's challenging him in the primary, and ignore that he's ALWAYS been a reliable vote on this issue Fischer
Portman - Still a RINO douche anyway
Rubio - See Portman comments
Two Republican senators abstained from voting:
Flake - They don't call him Flake for nothing
Liberal socialist who caucuses with Republicans but votes with the Democrats:
The GOP Senators have totally screwed the House Republicans, left them twisting in the breeze.
They now have a totally losing hand to play.
You can follow your drummer and I'll follow mine.
7 emails to these a$$wipes so far! Im so PO’d ()_(*)(*&(*&^%&^$^%
Top right hand corner..”contact”
He needs to leave.
Alabama stands tall....
ROLL TIDE!! (a proud name, very fine people ....)
Well, I am surprised and pleased that Rob Portman voted with Cruz.
RE: Looks like 19 Senators worthy of our defense when the second Revolutionary War begins.
Really? How many here in FR hate Marco Rubio’s guts?
I had the exact same thought as I’ve been trying to contact his office without success. Pleasantly surprised, especially since he’s not up for re-election in ‘14 (and on the heels of his gay marriage fiasco).
3rd Party or the 4th Box.
Of course this is my opinion but founded in hope. God says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Never in the history of man has there been a "Christian" nation until the United States of America was founded on Christian principles. Never in the history of man has any group of people been called by Christ's name until Jesus Christ rose from the dead and reconciled us back to God and made all us believers members of His body. We, Christians, are the Body of Christ. NEVER, in the history of man has the above scripture been more pertinent than it is today.
Will the good people of this nation repent and throw out the devil's minions in Washington via the Constitutional tools afforded us by God and our founding fathers or will we sit by and let the antichrist's agenda continue to march forward unimpeded? Ted Cruz proved that one man is not enough to turn the tide. We must all stand up and hold accountable those that have lied to and betrayed us, their bosses... their constituents.
Yes we did, with the help of Shelby and Sessions. I think secession is next, along with a general strike against paying Fed. income tax. We have to destroy this federal government in it’s present form. Texas will lead the way in secession, and the Southern States will follow. You want to tax me Obama, stick it!
Yep. The majority of Republican politicians have turned the Party into a mini-me of the Dems.
Flake backed out?! Utter piece of crap!
Not for the Lizinator though
Flake - They don't call him Flake for nothing
They didn't even vote! Like 0bama, they voted 'present'. Crap, indeed.
This is an email I got from my Senator. This is how they fool the public but when it comes to having the balls to walk the walk they cave. Cochran did the same thing too.
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for defunding and repealing the President’s health-care law. I am glad to have the benefit of your views on this issue, and I agree that this massive government overhaul of health care in America should be fully repealed.
The President’s health-care law greatly increases the government’s role in our health-care system, fails to lower costs, and raises taxes and premiums. The tax increases in this law will cost the American public more than $675 billion over the next ten years. Skyrocketing premiums and co-payments will limit access to doctors for too many Mississippians. I support lower premiums and patients’ freedom to choose their providers. I believe in workable solutions that empower patients not unelected bureaucrats in their health-care decisions.
Already in the 113th Congress, I have joined my colleagues in introducing numerous bills to repeal or defund all or part of the President’s health-care law. I am a co-sponsor of Senator Ted Cruz’s bill to prohibit funding for this detrimental law. As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I offered an amendment during the consideration of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget that would have defunded the President’s health-care law and prevented $1.8 trillion in new spending for its implementation.
My repeal amendment, which was blocked by Senate Democrats, would have prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to implement the 2,700-page law and its 19,000 pages of regulations. These countless rules, mandates and taxes will slow the economy and grow the government, stifling job creation and adding uncertainty to an already fragile economy.
Be assured I will continue to work in Congress to defund and repeal the President’s harmful health-care law in its entirety and replace it with meaningful solutions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever assist you.
With best wishes, I am
Roger F. Wicker
I did. Told them to stop sending mail to my house and will not get another penny and why. Also sent a email. I will see if they respond.
This picture makes me sick to my stomach. Right before it was taken they all went and got expensive haircuts. Right after it was taken they all went and got a drink together.