The Senate Republican ‘Failure of Courage’ on Defunding Obamacare

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filibuster against funding ObamaCare

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filibuster against funding ObamaCare

For Immediate Release
Sept. 27, 2013

Contact: Robert Romano (press); Rick Manning (TV & radio)

Sept. 27, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement condemning the U.S. Senate for invoking cloture on a continuing resolution that ultimately will allow Obamacare to be funded:

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“It is extremely disappointing that a number of Senate Republicans led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn joined Harry Reid in allowing Obamacare to be funded. The absurdity of these Republicans complaining about a procedural tactic when the lives and health of millions of Americans are at stake is inexplicable.

“Each of these Republicans have previously opposed Obamacare. With this vote in favor of cloture of a continuing resolution that allows Obamacare to be funded, they have effectively allowed Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to move forward with their train wreck of a plan. In doing so, they can no longer claim that they are willing to do anything it takes to stop Obamacare.

“Unless other actions are taken immediately to stop the implementation of Obamacare, the Senators who voted for cloture today own the law every bit as much as if they had originally supported it. There are some who will try to explain that the Republicans simply don’t have a majority in the Senate. However, unlike when Obamacare was passed, Republicans do have the votes to stop anything in the Senate if they only had the will. And today, by invoking cloture they gave away that power.

“This failure of courage exhibited today will haunt Senate Republicans well into the future.”


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