Senate votes, ends debate and funds Obamacare

BREAKING NEWS: The Senate has voted to fund ObamaCare in the budget bill. List of GOP Senators rejecting Sen. Cruz's efforts included. Photo: AP Photo/Senate TV

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2013 — The Senate has successfully voted in support of cloture on a bill that defunds Obamacare, moving the legislation forward in the Senate. Following that vote, the Senate also voted in the affirmative on an amendment to fund ObamaCare, and the continuing resolution with this funding passed.

By a supermajority of 79 - 19, Senators agreed to end debate on the House version of the bill that defunds Obamacare. Senators voting against cloture included Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Tex.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), Dean Heller (Nev.), James M. Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James E. Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.), Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) and David Vitter (La.). All other Republican senators voted to support cloture and move the bill forward.

This morning during his floor speech, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) explained that he would not oppose cloture because he wants to “keep this process alive.” Coats asserts that a vote in support of cloture  is indeed supportive of defunding Obamacare.

Clearly, Coats failed to comprehend the magnitude of today’s vote. Sen. Cruz’s explained that supporting cloture  and ending the debate would allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to then ‘fill the tree’ as he is permitted as Leader. Reid will add funding of Obamacare back into the bill, and it can then pass through the Senate with 51 votes. It is this simple majority vote that Cruz has been trying to avoid, knowing fully that the Senate would then produce legislation that funded Obamacare.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained this morning, “[Voting in support of] cloture  on the House passed continuing resolution is essentially a vote to allow the Democrats to gut the House bill.” Making it clear that the Republicans should be voting differently than the Democrats, Lee continued, “That’s why Leader Reid…and every other Senate Democrat is supporting it.”

Unfortunately, many other Senate Republicans failed to understand that the vote for cloture  today was metaphorically the final vote. As the bill moves forward now, the Democratic majority in the Senate is in complete control, requiring only a simple majority to send a bill back to the House that fully funds Obamacare. And, then simple majority was invoked about an hour later to pass an amendment funding ObamaCare, and to then pass the continuing resolution with a simple majority.

Voting in support of cloture  today was not a vote to defund Obamacare, even though the bill did indeed defund Obamacare, because all of the Senators knew what the next steps would be. It is dishonest and disingenuous for a senator to say that voting in support of cloture  today means he or she stood with Senators Cruz and Lee to defund Obamacare. Instead, those senators voted to end debate and allow Reid to fund Obamacare through senatorial procedures. 

If Republicans want to defund Obamacare as they claim, why did they vote to provide the opportunity for Reid to fully fund Obamacare? Why did they vote to force hard-working Americans to be capped at 29.5 working hours a week rather than having a full-time job necessary to support their families?

The bill will now return to the House. The House must pass a bill, and send it back to the Senate. This morning, Sen. Cruz reiterated that when the bill returns to the Senate, “I hope that all 46 Republicans are united against ObamaCare and standing with the American people.”

Make no mistake: a vote in support of cloture  today means that those Republicans were perfectly accepting of allowing Leader Reid to provide the funding mechanism to destroy our healthcare, our jobs and one-sixth of the American economy.

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Sara Marie Brenner is the “conservatarian” host of The Sara Marie Brenner Show where she interviews A-list guests with passion. Brenner is the creator of, and a former Ohio-based reporter for Human Events where she had a voter-fraud story go viral on Drudge. In addition, she has written for Yahoo!, Watchdog Wire, The Brenner Brief and other media outlets. Brenner appeared with BlogCon attendees on The Glenn Beck Program in May 2013, and also works with right-of-center folks needing marketing, PR and social media services.

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