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Senate Reaches Cloture, 79-19, on House-Passed Spending Bill
Townhall.com ^ | 9/27/2013 | Daniel Doherty

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 isn’t 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 won’t 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."



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; cloture; nineteen; obamacare; senate; thenineteen
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UPDATE:

The 19:

Vitter,Paul,Lee,Cruz,Crapo,Enzi,Fischer,Roberts,Scott,Heller,Grassley,Toomey,Moran, Rubio, Shelby,Risch,Inhofe, Portman, Sessions

1 posted on 09/27/2013 11:04:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

These are the 19 who stayed true to the core values of conservativism.

As for the other cowards in the GOP, beware retribution.


2 posted on 09/27/2013 11:08:28 AM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: C. Edmund Wright; cotton1706; upchuck
McConnell, Alexander, Cornyn ... and Graham, all in the midst of 2014 competitive primaries, voted with the Dems....

May 'We The People' make them go the way of Dick Lugar.

3 posted on 09/27/2013 11:09:05 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross
*Vitter,Paul,Lee,Cruz,Crapo,Enzi,Fischer,Roberts,Scott,
Heller,Grassley,Toomey,Moran, Rubio, Shelby,Risch,Inhofe, Portman, Sessions *

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.

4 posted on 09/27/2013 11:10:35 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Servant of the Cross

5 posted on 09/27/2013 11:10:36 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

I am glad to see at least one of my senators on that list.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 11:11:19 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Servant of the Cross
*McConnell, Alexander, Cornyn ... and Graham*

McConnell?!?!?!?

Now I'm gonna have to side with the “Ditch Mitch” crowd.

None of these deserve to be in office one more day.

7 posted on 09/27/2013 11:12:01 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

“Some animals are more equal than others”

“Let them make penicillin from moldy bread”


8 posted on 09/27/2013 11:13:34 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Servant of the Cross

And the ONLY reason the despicable Rubio voted this way was because he knew it would make NO DIFFERENCE/


9 posted on 09/27/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The proposed budget in the CR increases spending to $986B even with Obamacare stripped out.

What will it be with it back in?

H.J.Res. 50
10 posted on 09/27/2013 11:14:41 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Servant of the Cross
A civil revolution is on its way. The people have almost no power but will destroy Washington one way or another. Its time has come and the people may not wait until 2014. I hate to see this but it is coming since we lost America to the communists.
11 posted on 09/27/2013 11:14:44 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Sopater

I mean “H.J.Res. 59”


12 posted on 09/27/2013 11:15:11 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Not just “good enough” but “in your best interest”.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 11:16:24 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Servant of the Cross; All
Call the Republican National Committee:
310 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
(202) 863-8500

Tell them you are finished with them. Do it today!!!


14 posted on 09/27/2013 11:17:05 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Just issued a SCATHING sarcastic and ACCURATE presser on this......


15 posted on 09/27/2013 11:17:45 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Servant of the Cross

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.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 11:17:50 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: RedMDer

Time for a third party!


17 posted on 09/27/2013 11:18:38 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Sopater

good question.

the GOP will blow sequestration on more spending.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 11:19:27 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Logical me

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.


19 posted on 09/27/2013 11:19:36 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Servant of the Cross

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?


20 posted on 09/27/2013 11:20:58 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Servant of the Cross; All

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.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 11:20:58 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: PATRIOT1876

Time for a second Party!


22 posted on 09/27/2013 11:24:19 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Yes!


23 posted on 09/27/2013 11:24:31 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Logical me

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.


24 posted on 09/27/2013 11:25:33 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Amendment10
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.

And that has stopped Obamacare? Wake up. You cannot stop the communists that are in power.

25 posted on 09/27/2013 11:29:26 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: PATRIOT1876
I hope there is a way that we can strip retirement money from the ones that voted for Obamacare to stay.

They won't retire. They will die in office, then continue to vote with the rats for another year or so.

26 posted on 09/27/2013 11:30:29 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Logical me

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.


27 posted on 09/27/2013 11:35:01 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Servant of the Cross

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.


28 posted on 09/27/2013 11:38:02 AM PDT by Frapster (Clear the mechanism)
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To: Servant of the Cross
25 Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder with Senator Harry Reid and President Obama to close discussion on defunding/funding ObamaCare:
Alexander
Ayotte
Barrasso - Disappointed with him
Blunt
Boozman
Burr
Chambliss
Chiesa - Boy did guy turn out to be a disappointment
Coats
Coburn - Mark Levin's pal proves once again that he's now PART of the establishment
Cochran
Collins
Corker
Cornyn
Graham
Hoeven
Isakson
Johanns
Johnson (WI) - Et tu, Ron?
Kirk - Gee, another issue where Kirk lied about being "with us". Funny how that works
McCain
McConnell
Thune - But it doesn't matter how he votes, because he's handsome and speaks well and defeated Daschle 9 years ago. He deserves a promotion no matter what he does.
Wicker

Meanwhile, the 19 who stood with Senators Cruz and Lee to keep pushing for defunding ObamaCare are:
Crapo
Cruz
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
Grassley
Heller
Inhofe
Lee
Moran
Paul
Portman - Still a RINO douche anyway
Risch
Roberts
Rubio - See Portman comments
Scott
Sessions
Shelby
Toomey
Vitter

Two Republican senators abstained from voting:
Flake - They don't call him Flake for nothing
Hatch

Liberal socialist who caucuses with Republicans but votes with the Democrats:
Murkowski

29 posted on 09/27/2013 11:41:46 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Liz Cheney's family supports gay marriage. Do you?)
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To: Servant of the Cross
And of the nineteen, at least Enzi and Rubio are likely pretending in order to get their conservative "creds" back so they won't be primaried.

The GOP Senators have totally screwed the House Republicans, left them twisting in the breeze.

They now have a totally losing hand to play.

30 posted on 09/27/2013 11:42:35 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Logical me; All
And that has stopped Obamacare? Wake up. You cannot stop the communists that are in power.

You can follow your drummer and I'll follow mine.

31 posted on 09/27/2013 11:43:11 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Servant of the Cross

Looks like 19 Senators worthy of our defense when the second Revolutionary War begins.


32 posted on 09/27/2013 11:43:19 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Servant of the Cross

7 emails to these a$$wipes so far! Im so PO’d ()_(*)(*&(*&^%&^$^%

http://www.nrsc.org/

Top right hand corner..”contact”


33 posted on 09/27/2013 11:43:47 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: BillyBoy
Cut the crap, Enzi is one of the democrats best friends, the author of taxing the internet bill as his signature example of being conservative, the best friend of Harry Reid who will never fight for a conservative cause. The typical go along to get along Senator. He did this opposed to his normal crap in order to NOT get primaried, and for no other reason.

He needs to leave.

34 posted on 09/27/2013 11:45:43 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Alabama stands tall....


35 posted on 09/27/2013 11:51:18 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
Alabama stands tall....

ROLL TIDE!! (a proud name, very fine people ....)

36 posted on 09/27/2013 11:57:57 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Well, I am surprised and pleased that Rob Portman voted with Cruz.


37 posted on 09/27/2013 11:58:44 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: so_real

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?


38 posted on 09/27/2013 11:59:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: LS

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).


39 posted on 09/27/2013 12:02:11 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: PATRIOT1876

3rd Party or the 4th Box.


40 posted on 09/27/2013 12:07:58 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: PATRIOT1876
Hear! Hear! I've been saying all along we need a conservative party that's named "The Conservative Party." There are tens of millions that are "Conservative" at heart but they belong to various other parties or are inactive because they refuse to enable and endorse the behavior of the demoncrap party's little brother... The republican party. We need to get our Conservative legislators OUT of the republican party. I believe the millions of Conservatives that have become disenchanted with the jerks in Washington will join such a party and help to eradicate the absolute craziness and stupidity that has infected our nation's capital.

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.

41 posted on 09/27/2013 12:21:48 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: SeekAndFind

Point well taken


42 posted on 09/27/2013 12:28:20 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Alas Babylon!

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!


43 posted on 09/27/2013 12:45:42 PM PDT by RobertoinAL
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
*demoncrap party’s little brother*

Yep. The majority of Republican politicians have turned the Party into a mini-me of the Dems.

44 posted on 09/27/2013 1:02:17 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Servant of the Cross

Flake backed out?! Utter piece of crap!


45 posted on 09/27/2013 1:19:32 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Lakeshark

Not for the Lizinator though


46 posted on 09/27/2013 1:20:55 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Flake backed out?! Utter piece of crap!

Two Republican senators abstained from voting:

Flake - They don't call him Flake for nothing
Hatch

They didn't even vote! Like 0bama, they voted 'present'. Crap, indeed.

47 posted on 09/27/2013 1:24:12 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

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

Sincerely yours,

Roger F. Wicker
U.S. Senate”


48 posted on 09/27/2013 2:12:28 PM PDT by Hurricane
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To: RedMDer

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.


49 posted on 09/27/2013 3:03:04 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

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.


50 posted on 09/27/2013 3:20:47 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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