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  • Rev. Graham: If Obama Vetoes Defund of PP, 'The Blood' of 'Butchered' Children 'Will Be On His...

    09/21/2015 3:59:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/21/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Commenting on the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives to defund Planned Parenthood, Reverend Franklin Graham said it was "a great step" that he hopes will also pass in the Senate, adding that although President Barack Obama has said he will veto such legislation, if he does "it will be at his own peril," and the blood of the children "butchered at Planned Parenthood will be on his hands." "After much heated and emotional debate, on Friday the House passed the Defund Planned Parenthood Act," said Rev. Graham in a Sept. 20 post on Facebook. "This is...
  • McConnell to conservatives: Look, we don’t have the numbers in Senate to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/01/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    We do have the numbers to force a shutdown, but McConnell’s already ruled that out. I’m going to look on the bright side here: At least this guy’s trying to spare us another dismal episode of GOP failure theater. If we had a majority in the Senate that was prepared to dig in and have this fight on principle, no matter what the polls say, it’d be worth considering a shutdown. Obama might blink if it lasted long enough. Because we have the majority we have, there’s really no point. It’ll play out just as lefty Bill Scher says...
  • Ted Cruz's Planned Parenthood Strategy Will Backfire

    08/31/2015 3:26:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    RCP ^ | 08/31/2015 | Bill Scher
    Another year. Another looming deadline for funding the federal government. Another hot-button issue whipping conservatives into a froth.In the fall of 2013 it was Obamacare. In December 2014 it was immigration. This year it’s Planned Parenthood. Some conservatives seem determined to bet the farm, and the federal government, on defunding the women’s health services provider. Big mistake.Let’s put aside political questions. Sure, I could tell you that the 2013 shutdown severely damaged the GOP brand; defiant conservatives will respond that Republicans won the 2014 midterms anyway. (Some have even convinced themselves that the shutdown helped.)And I could tell you that...
  • House GOP leadership: We’ll vote to defund Planned Parenthood this fall

    08/30/2015 6:01:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With each new release of undercover videos from Center for Medical Progress, political pressure has ramped up on Republican leadership in Congress to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Members of the House GOP caucus now say that a bill to at least stop funds for a year will be introduced after the recess, and leadership has committed to getting a floor vote on it: House Republican leaders are planning a vote to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood this fall, according to GOP aides, a move that could help mitigate an inter-party battle and avoid a government shutdown.“We’re...
  • Constitutionality of Planned Parenthood Defunding Plans

    08/29/2015 4:12:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/29/15 | Douglas Gibbs
    Kick the federal government out of their State in regards to Planned Parenthood, abortion, any and all health services, health programs, health care, or health insurance intrusions Radio Host Dave Levine, a host on KMET 1490 AM on Monday, wrote on his blog, “Arkansas is the fourth state to terminate such contracts with the Feds—New Hampshire, Alabama and Louisiana are the others. By this time next year, 30-plus states will have stopped funding the baby killer company.” Mr. Levine was referring to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to order his State’s Department of Human Services to terminate the Medicaid contract...
  • Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Cuts State Contracts with Planned Parenthood [Little by Little...]

    08/15/2015 7:42:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/15/2015 | by Stephen Kruiser
    Little by little… Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Friday canceled the state’s contracts with Planned Parenthood, making his the third Southern state to do so since anti-abortion activists released a series of videos that they say suggests the organization sells fetal tissue.“It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them,” Hutchinson, a Republican, said in a statement.The move comes after the U.S. government has warned states...
  • Obama administration to Louisiana, Alabama: You can’t defund Planned Parenthood

    08/13/2015 1:08:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/13/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Can states restrict Medicaid funding to keep it from flowing to the nation’s largest abortion-mill chain? The Obama administration says no, and has fired warning shots across bows of two states that moved to block funds to Planned Parenthood. Louisiana and Alabama both vowed to cut off funds as a series of undercover investigative videos exposes their business practices on organ harvesting and revenue, but the White House warned yesterday that they do not have that authority: [T]he White House points out that federal law says Medicaid beneficiaries may obtain services from any qualified provider and that cutting Planned...
  • Alabama Becomes Third State to Defund Planned Parenthood in Wake of Controversial Videos

    08/09/2015 9:39:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/08/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    In a series of tweets Thursday, Alabama's Republican Governor Robert Bentley made his state the third one to cut state funds from Planned Parenthood this week, as the fallout continues from the recent release of five controversial videos describing the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' organs for financial reward. "The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans. I've terminated any association with the organization in AL," noted Bentley, a medical doctor, on his Twitter account. "As a doctor and Alabama's governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to...
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Legal, but Don’t Expect the Courts to Act Like It

    08/07/2015 5:35:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2015 | David French
    The Left’s commitment to Planned Parenthood is extraordinary. Not only are Democratic politicians vowing to shut down the government, if necessary, to keep more than $500 million flowing to the organization that is willing to provide “less crunchy” abortions to maintain the supply of intact baby body parts, some leftists are now claiming that there may be insurmountable legal hurdles to defunding the abortion giant. In other words, even if Republicans can ram legislation through Congress and past the president, the courts will keep the money flowing. Their argument rests on Medicaid. While it would be fairly simple for...
  • Senate Roll Call Vote on S1881 To Defund Planned Parenthood - How Your Senator Voted

    08/04/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1881 ) Vote Number: 262 Vote Date: August 3, 2015, 05:36 PM Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected Measure Number: S. 1881 Measure Title: A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Vote Counts: YEAs 53 NAYs 46 Not Voting 1 Alphabetical by Senator Name Alexander (R-TN), YeaAyotte (R-NH), YeaBaldwin (D-WI), NayBarrasso (R-WY), YeaBennet (D-CO), NayBlumenthal (D-CT), NayBlunt (R-MO), YeaBooker (D-NJ), NayBoozman (R-AR), YeaBoxer (D-CA), NayBrown (D-OH), NayBurr (R-NC), YeaCantwell (D-WA), NayCapito (R-WV), YeaCardin (D-MD), NayCarper (D-DE), NayCasey (D-PA), NayCassidy (R-LA), YeaCoats (R-IN), YeaCochran (R-MS), YeaCollins (R-ME), YeaCoons (D-DE), NayCorker (R-TN), YeaCornyn (R-TX), YeaCotton (R-AR), YeaCrapo...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Lose Heart Even Though the Planned Parenthood Defund Bill Failed

    08/04/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2015 | Julie Roys
    Unfortunately, a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood died today on the Senate floor. A procedural vote to advance the bill failed to get the required 60 votes needed, so the anti-life lobby won — today. Despite this setback, Christians should not despair. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is far from over. And truth is, the pro-life cause is actually faring quite well. Here are five reasons to not lose heart even after this defeat. 1. GOP Senators are Vowing to Continue the Fight and So Should We. Even though today's bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed,...
  • Planned Parenthood Defund Bill Fails in Senate; Democrats Claim Baby Parts Aid Women's Health

    08/03/2015 3:19:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/03/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and transfer its estimated $500 million in federal funds to other women's health sources. Senate Bill 1881 failed to get the 60 votes required to have debate closed and a vote on the proposed legislation granted, with the results largely falling along party lines. Introduced by Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, S. 1881 called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and placing it in other sources for women's health. "All funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be made available to other eligible entities to provide women's...
  • McConnell votes 'NO' to defunding Planned Parenthood!!!

    08/03/2015 3:02:17 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 231 replies
    August 03, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    The vote to DEFUND Planned Parenthood FAILS in the Senate!
  • West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin says he'll vote to end Planned Parenthood aid

    08/03/2015 12:42:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 08/03/2015 | By ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood. Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group. Republicans introduced their bill after an anti-abortion group began releasing secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide tissue from some aborted fetuses to researchers. The bill says it would transfer Planned Parenthood's aid to other women's health care providers.
  • Some in Congress wonder: Can the nation survive without Planned Parenthood?

    08/02/2015 5:41:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps we’d muddle through as a republic if the federal government stopped using Planned Parenthood as a contractor, but not everyone in Congress is convinced. As the Senate moves to debate whether to end federal subsidies for the abortion industry leader, Susan Collins wonders where women will go to get “women’s health services”: Republicans have seized on a series of controversial undercover videos that show officials at the abortion rights organization discussing the price of fetal tissue to argue that all federal funding should be cut off from Planned Parenthood.But even members of McConnell’s party have their doubts that...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Nonpartisan organization confirms the GOP can defund Obama’s immigration order

    11/27/2014 10:07:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/27/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Congressional Republicans agree that Barack ObamaÂ’s executive actions involving the extension of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants have to be fought. The GOP is, however, split on what methods would be the most effective in blunting or even reversing ObamaÂ’s actions. CongressÂ’s more conservative elements believe that a series of symbolic measures should be used in conjunction with more operationally focused tactics. Some, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have suggested that Congress should not invite Obama to Congress for his annual State of the Union Address and that no presidential nominee should be confirmed until these orders are...
  • What Would It Take To Defund the Islamic State?

    08/21/2014 8:58:46 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 8/21/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    11 Year Old Child Bride Speaks Out Before Being Killed The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the President of Indonesia are uncomfortable with their heritage as presented on videos of beheadings and child-rapes live on the world's computer monitors. In the unlikely event that they were serious about their discomfort, what would it take to defund the Islamic State? It controls oil production facilities capable of supplying it with the equivalent of $3 million daily.  That is a hard asset, easiest to deprive them of. The softer asset of the bank notes they stole might be more difficult to deprive them of. What currencies...
  • Ambassador Power: Defunding UN Agencies for Admitting 'Palestine' Hurts U.S.

    04/03/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Defunding United Nations agencies that admit “Palestine” is not in the interests of the U.S., Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power argued Wednesday, because doing so constitutes a “double win” for the Palestinians. Not only do they score by gaining admission to a U.N. body, she told the House Appropriations’ subcommittee responsible for foreign operations, they also benefit by having U.S. influence in that body reduced, making way for the likes of Russia, China and Cuba to take the lead. Power was arguing for lawmakers to support a waiver to provisions in U.S. law that prohibit funding for...
  • What Happened When Democrats in Congress Cut Off Funding for the Vietnam War?

    10/03/2013 7:31:59 AM PDT · by central_va · 11 replies
    Hist News Net ^ | 4/13/07 | Ms. Zanolli
    In the fall of 1974, Nixon resigned under the pressure of the Watergate scandal and was succeeded by Gerald Ford. Congress cut funding to South Vietnam for the upcoming fiscal year from a proposed 1.26 billion to 700 million dollars. These two events prompted Hanoi to make an all-out effort to conquer the South. As the North Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary Le Duan observed in December 1974: “The Americans have withdrawn…this is what marks the opportune moment." (4) - See more at:
  • Peter King: 'I Can Never Forgive Ted Cruz'

    10/02/2013 6:44:08 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 68 replies
    News Max ^ | 10/2/13 | Greg Richter
    Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., one of the leaders of a GOP "moderate revolt" on Monday, says he can never forgive Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas , for leading an effort to defund Obamacare as part of a budget resolution. "This was a doomed process from the start," King told CNN on Monday. King said he went along with a vote to defund the Affordable Care Act because he was told it would get the ball rolling and prevent the government from shutting down. Urgent: Do You Support Sen. Ted Cruz's Efforts to Defund Obamacare? Vote Here. "It's obvious now there is...
  • Ted Cruz FULL Meet The Press Interview On Defunding Obamacare w David Gregory

    09/29/2013 9:08:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 111 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/29/13 | HD NEWS
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  • IT'S NOT OVER... (Vanity on Ted's Strategy)

    09/26/2013 4:45:29 AM PDT · by Hostage · 25 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2013 | Hostage
    DOOMED TO FAILURE Doomed to failure...doomed to failure...doomed to failure... Again and again we hear the parrots in the political aviaries squawk about how Ted's effort is "doomed to failure". Nothing could be further from the truth. Ted's strategy is sound but requires republicans in Congress to fight and for democrats with a conscience to stand on principle. Even if zero democrats stand on principle (and some joined House republicans on the CR), republicans can still win. THE STRATEGY Only 41 Senators are needed to vote against the approaching vote for cloture. IF 41 Senators vote against cloture, THEN: Harry...
  • A Cruz Missile Launch, Like a Light, Shows the Cockroaches Scurrying

    09/24/2013 3:52:09 PM PDT · by wmfights · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | September 24th, 2013 | Erik Erickson
    The GOP has made a mint off opposition to Obamacare and, ironically, now attack conservatives as being in this fight for the money. Takes one to know one, except these groups are not stopping. It is dawning on Republican leaders these groups actually, really believe in this fight. Like a light switch flipping on, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are casting light on the scurrying of Republican roaches in and out of the Capitol. Republican congressmen and Senators are now openly attacking Cruz and Lee. Outside groups like Americans for Tax Reform and outside media interests like the Wall Street...
  • New NJ/UTT poll shows … pretty much what Pew and CNBC did (On defunding Obamacare)

    09/24/2013 8:04:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Allahpundit joked that he finally got a chance to be the cheerier optimist with the Pew poll on the fight over a possible government shutdown — only to find that the numbers were slightly worse for Republicans than in the earlier CNBC poll. A third poll out this morning deals with the ObamaCare issue more directly than Pew but finds the same mindset in the electorate. The National Journal/UTT poll shows a 63% majority opposed to cutting off funding to block ObamaCare, and even Republicans oppose it 42/51: An overwhelming majority of Americans prefer the Senate’s approach to the...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Defunding Distraction -- It only draws attention away from Obama’s scandals.

    09/24/2013 7:47:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/24/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    This has been the worst time, politically, for President Barack Obama since he took office. Recent polls reveal that public confidence in both his domestic and foreign policies has been falling amid revelations about their defects and dangers. Even people who once supported and defended him have now turned against him. There have even been rumblings against Barack Obama in the Congressional Black Caucus and among labor unions that were a major factor in helping him get elected and reelected. Two of President Obama’s own former Secretaries of Defense have publicly criticized his gross mishandling of the Syria crisis, which...
  • Meet the two Democrats who voted to defund Obamacare

    09/22/2013 5:04:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Two Democratic members of the House voted with Republicans Friday to defund Obamacare and fund the government until the end of the year: Utah Rep. Jim Matheson and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre. Matheson is the sole Democratic member of the Utah delegation, a state that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won with almost 73 percent of the vote. Matheson, on the other hand, eked out a win in 2012, beating former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in 2012 by fewer than 3,000 votes. Love has said she will challenge Matheson again in 2014. McIntyre’s race was even tighter: he...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz on Defunding Obamacare with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

    09/22/2013 9:05:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/22/13 | SenTedCruz
    The game's afoot. The GOP openly attacking Cruz by giving help to... the DemocRATs.
  • Myths of the Obamacare Shutdown Soap Opera

    09/21/2013 10:01:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2013 | Avik Roy
    There are a number of misperceptions of the internecine dispute taking place among conservatives, and within the Republican Party, around the effort by some to use the continuing resolution and the possibility of a government shutdown, to attempt to defund Obamacare. Myth #1: The debate pits the conservative movement against the Republican congressional leadership. Some of the coverage of the debate states or implies, incorrectly, that conservatives are united behind the shutdown strategy, and GOP leaders like John Boehner are the locus of opposition. This is inaccurate. Plenty of GOP representatives and senators whose voting records are unquestionably conservative, such...
  • Democrat says repealing ObamaCare a 'wet dream' for Republican radicals

    09/20/2013 5:11:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on Friday accused Republicans of pursuing a "wet dream" by pushing for the repeal of ObamaCare as part of a short-term spending bill. "I rise in strong opposition to this radical right-wing effort to walk our economy off of a cliff and cause a government shutdown," Swalwell said in today's debate. "I invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical, ideological wet dream, and come back to reality." Swalwell might be the first member to use the phrase "wet dream" on the House floor — at the very least, it...
  • Why a Defund-ObamaCare Strategy Would Succeed

    09/19/2013 7:30:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/19/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    We are less than one and a half weeks from the Showdown at the CR (Continuing Resolution) Corral, and establishment politicians, of both parties, are panicking.  The latest turn of the screw came last week, when opposition from 43 apparently non-establishment Republicans forced Speaker Boehner to cancel a vote on a CR because that CR would have continued to fund Obamacare. Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume concisely captured one source of GOP panic over the weekend, on Fox News Sunday: [T]he axiom in Washington that when the government shuts down, it doesn't matter who causes it, Republicans get...
  • Karl Rove: The GOP's Self-Defeating 'Defunding' Strategy

    09/19/2013 6:51:52 AM PDT · by Qbert · 74 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 18, 2013 | Karl Rove
    In 2010, Republicans took the House of Representatives by gaining 63 seats. They also picked up six U.S. senators and 675 state legislators, giving them control of more legislative chambers than any time since 1928. The GOP also won 25 of 40 gubernatorial races in 2009 and 2010. These epic gains happened primarily because independents voted Republican. In 2010, 56% of independents voted for GOP congressional candidates, up from 43% in 2008 and 39% in 2006. Today, independents look more like Republicans than Democrats, especially when it comes to health care. In a new Crossroads GPS health-care policy survey conducted...
  • Obamacare is fading everywhere but will Washington Republicans take advantage of it?

    09/18/2013 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/18/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The ideological divide between the “ruling Class” and the rest of us has rarely been wider according to a new USA Today Pew poll. What it is reporting is not good news for King Barack. His subjects are not eager to shut up and get in line. Pew spoke to over 1500 adults and found that, in spite of all the King’s efforts, like enlisting luminaries like Bubba, the Hip Hop world and even the Baltimore Ravens Obamacare has lost support since its passage. The opposition to Obamacare is at an all-time high of 53% and support for it is...
  • Did Ted Cruz Just Force Republicans Into A Government Shutdown They Don't Want?

    09/18/2013 7:41:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2013 | Josh Barro
    Having tried and failed to sell restive conservatives on plans to keep the government open without picking a fight over Obamacare, it appears that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is moving on to Plan C: Giving in to people like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) who are insisting that any bill to keep the government open after Sept. 30 must defund Obamacare. National Review's Robert Costa tweets: House GOP sources confirm: House GOP WILL soon bring a CR to floor that also defunds, thus putting pressure on Cruz & co to get thru Senate — Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) September 17, 2013...
  • House set to defund Obamacare

    09/18/2013 7:38:23 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 26 replies ^ | 09/18/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    In what is seen as a major turn around, House Speaker, John Boehner has announced that the House will move to defund Obamacare, while providing funding for the rest of the government, at least on a temporary basis. This will put pressure on Harry Reid and the senate democrats, who have been trying to convince voters that the republicans are trying to shut down the government. This effectively ends the compromise Boehner had made with the democrats to try to sell his fellow republicans on the idea of funding the unpopular program. The bill that's expected to be offered today,...
  • Ted Cruz slams ‘scared’ Republicans

    08/31/2013 6:16:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/28/2013 | Ruth Tam
    Appearing on the “Rush Limbaugh Show” on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) criticized Republicans who haven’t taken a firm enough stance on defunding the Affordable Care Act. “The problem with the delay crowd is they don’t have a plan,” Cruz said. “They want to take a symbolic vote on a delay and not tie it to anything that passes.” Voting to delay Obamacare “becomes an exercise in political cover rather than actually fixing anything,” he said. “Right now, far too many Republicans are scared of this fight.” He slammed those in the news media who he said “always read...
  • How to Defund Obamacare: Here's the strategy Republicans need

    08/30/2013 5:50:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/30/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    Yet again, congressional Republicans have backed themselves into a corner by believing the Left’s anti-GOP talking points — this time on Obamacare. “Shutting down the government just because I’m for keeping it open? That’s not an economic plan,” Obama said in Florida last month. “Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government,” Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.) parroted. As Republican senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio keep repeating, though few listen, they aim to shut down nothing. They want a continuing resolution that funds the entire federal government past September...
  • The move to defund “Obamaphones”

    08/25/2013 5:52:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/25/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Nolan Finley, writing for the Detroit News, is making the case this week for setting an example in defunding wasteful entitlement programs by axing the “Obamaphone.” He refers to the $2.1 billion annual program providing free cell phones to low income individuals who qualify for other federal assistance so that they can seek and obtain work, contact family members or dial for emergency help. But the program is widely known to be fraud riddled, with an estimated 40% of phones going to the ineligible. So why hasn’t it been scrapped or at least overhauled? So why hasn’t it been axed?...
  • Ted Cruz: We’d need a grassroots “tsunami” to get the votes to defund ObamaCare

    08/25/2013 5:49:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/25/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Despite the hailstorm of criticism raining down on Sen. Cruz & friends for the improbable success of their tactical ideas for bringing down ObamaCare, Cruz continued to defend the push on CNN on Sunday morning, conceding that it is “It is going to take a tsunami” of grassroots support and political pressure to get the votes to defund ObamaCare but that “I am going to do everything I can to encourage that tsunami.” Whether or not Cruz thinks the effort really has a shot at the most explicit version of success, he isn’t going to half-ass the effort and is...
  • Republican poll: Public opposed to a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare, including Republicans

    08/23/2013 8:17:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/23/2013 | AllahPundit
    Interesting, if not surprising, although I’m not sure who the target audience is. The “defund ObamaCare” initiative is well into litmus-test territory by now, thanks to the number of tea-party heavy hitters in favor and the number of dreaded RINOs opposed. This new data will be dismissed as an establishment GOP effort to scare Rand Paul and Ted Cruz into backing down, even though they have zero incentive to do so. If they can’t get 41 Republican votes in the Senate, they’ll shrug it off and say they were on the side of the angels. Whatever the outcome, when it’s...
  • Obamacare’s Shutdown Shock-Jocks: Why the Ted Cruz-Mike Lee Plan to Defund is Flawed

    08/14/2013 6:57:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/14/2013 | Avik Roy
    Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, among others, believe that Republicans ought to use Congress’s continuing resolution (CR) as an opportunity to defund Obamacare. The CR must be passed by Congress in order to keep funding the government. Cruz, Lee & Co. think Democrats will be so terrified of a government shutdown that they’ll be willing to vote to defund their signature legislative achievement. It’s an interesting theory. But the opposite is far likelier: that a government shutdown will seriously harm Republicans in the midterm elections, ensuring Obamacare’s permanence. These shutdown shock-jocks start with a fair premise: Once the government...
  • Yes, Defund Obamacare: The Sequester, not the Gingrich shutdown, is the model we should use.

    08/08/2013 7:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    The GOP division over whether to defund ObamaCare can be summarized in two quotes: This, from Texas senator Ted Cruz: "We can de-fund Obamacare if Republican leaders who tell their constituents they're conservative stand up and act like they're conservative." And in opposition, Ramesh Ponnuru: "[I]f Republicans stay firm in this demand [to defund Obamacare], the result will be either a government shutdown or a partial shutdown combined with a debt default. Either would be highly unpopular, and each party would blame the other. The public, however, would almost certainly blame Republicans. And which blame, according to Ponnuru and those...
  • Rubio: If you’re willing to fund Obamacare, you can’t possibly say you’re against it

    08/06/2013 2:40:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/06/2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Mark Levin’s radio show on Monday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio argued that Republicans should use Congress’ budgetary powers to defund President Barack Obama’s unpopular 2010 health care reform law. Rubio, who seemed to have fallen out of favor with Levin after the immigration debate in the Senate earlier this summer, used his appearance on the conservative talk radio program to talk about an idea that has pitted newer Republican legislators against a GOP establishment that insists the defunding scheme can’t work. “[T]here has to be some point at which we say, ‘Look, this is the issue where we...
  • The hoary myth that Obamacare can’t be defunded

    08/02/2013 2:34:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/02/2013 | Conn Carroll
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, say they won’t vote for any continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the 2014 fiscal year that contains funding for Obamacare.Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says Cruz and Lee are being dishonest because they know President Obama will never sign any measure that defunds his signature domestic policy achievement.The Alamo or a fool’s errand?Who is right and who is wrong depends largely on whether you believe taking a stand based on principle is the right thing to do regardless of the projected outcome or a fool’s errand when the outcome...
  • Why Trying to Defund Obamacare Is the Definition of Insanity

    08/02/2013 8:36:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    The effort by some Republicans on the Hill to shut down the government in order to prevent the implementation of Obamacare has officially jumped the shark and entered cloud cuckoo land. The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, has issued a report, requested by Republican Senator Tom Coburn, which shows that even if the GOP is successful, Obamacare will roll forward anyway.The CRS explanation for why a government shutdown wouldn’t stop Obamacare from being implemented is straightforward: “It appears that substantial ACA implementation might continue during a lapse in annual appropriations that resulted in a...
  • Sen. Mike Lee in Obamacare Colloquy: ‘Defund It Or Own It’

    07/31/2013 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/31/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON — A trio of GOP senators challenged their colleagues — especially Republicans — to join an effort to block funding for Obamacare in the continuing resolution that’s expected to keep the government running in the usual absence of a budget come Sept. 30. “We don’t have to vote to fund something with which we fundamentally disagree,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who led the afternoon colloquy on the floor of the upper chamber. “…Defund it or own it — if you fund it, you’re for it.” But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), touting his credentials as an original opponent of...
  • The GOP: Rabbits or Tigers?

    07/30/2013 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Shery · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 07.30.2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Reagan, Thatcher and the real battle behind defunding Obamacare. “We had rabbits when we needed tigers.” — Ronald Reagan writing in his diary of congressional Republicans Well. There they go again. The GOP Establishment is terrified at the idea of defunding Obamacare. Except, of course, that the opposition within the GOP Establishment and among some conservative pundits to defunding Obamacare — as Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio propose — has nothing whatsoever to do with Obamacare. Zero. As Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would both recognize instantly. Leading to the obvious. The problem within the...
  • Video: NSA, White House getting worried about defunding vote in House

    07/24/2013 8:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    And they should. CBS reoprts that NSA Director Keith Alexander made an “emergency visit” to Capitol Hill to head off a potentially embarrassing vote to defund his agency’s trawling of phone and Internet records. House Republican leaders allowed a vote on an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash to use the power of the purse to rein in the NSA, and the panic shows that the effort might well succeed in the Senate when the budget comes to the upper chamber: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay...
  • Abortion votes will trail GOP in 2012 campaign

    04/25/2011 5:33:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    In a year when spending, deficits and debt have dominated the national debate, the recent push to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding is a reminder that the abortion issue retains its political potency. The decades-old battle nearly derailed the latest spending deal on Capitol Hill, and House Republicans say they’ll continue to fight federal funding of the group after Congress returns from a two-week break to tackle the nation’s borrowing limit, 2012 spending levels and the soaring national debt. “We believe very strongly that government dollars shouldn’t be used to fund abortion. I believe that is where the majority...
  • Pro-Life Groups Keep Pressing for Planned Parenthood De-Funding

    03/25/2011 8:39:38 AM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies ^ | March 25, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Groups Keep Pressing for Planned Parenthood De-Funding Washington, DC -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat interfacing with the media on the media on budget negotiations, says House and Senate leaders are close to getting a final agreement. But pro-life groups hope the agreement includes language de-funding Planned Parenthood.