Capitol Hill Building ,Washington DC.After Senator Cruz ended his speech on Wednesday, the Senate had a vote on the question whether to “take up” the House bill presented to them that fully funds the government but defunds Obamacare.

UPDATE TO THIS POSTLee: GOP has the votes to stop funding Obamacare

  • All 100 Senators voted in favor of taking up the question of the House bill, including Ted Cruz.
  • Now that the bill has been agreed to be considered, Majority Leader Harry Reid has an opportunity to offer an amendment to the bill which would strip out the House’s language to defund Obamacare.  Reid only needs a simple majority for such an amendment to pass.
  • It is during the vote on this amendment that Republicans like Mitch McConnell hope Democrats will join Republicans in voting “no” to fund Obamacare.
  • The idea that five Democrats will join the Republicans in opposing an amendment that restores funding for Obamacare is unlikely.

Assuming an amendment that adds funding for Obamacare is passed, the bill will face another cloture vote to end debate on the now newly amended bill. This is the critical moment. Reid needs 60 votes for cloture so he can move the repackaged bill to the floor.  He must have the help of six Republicans to do this. If Reid gets these Republicans to support him, the Senate only needs a simple majority to pass the newly amended bill and thereby reinstate funding for Obamacare.

Per Senator Cruz,

“Any senator who votes … to give Majority Leader Harry Reid the ability to fund Obamacare on a pure 51-vote party vote has made the decision to allow Obamacare to be funded.”

So, any Republican who votes for cloture on a bill that has been amended to fund Obamacare is in effect voting to allow Obamacare to be funded.  These individuals will be complicit in implementing Obamacare and turning their backs on the will of their constituents and the majority of Americans who do not want the federal government takeover of healthcare.

Where does Ohio Senator Portman stand on this issue?

Senator Portman was quoted in the Dayton Daily News on August 16, 2013 saying,

“I do think we need to figure out a way to keep the government operating. I do think we need to deal with the underlying problem of overspending and we have to deal with the problem of Obamacare, but those ought to be handled outside of the context of a government shutdown.” (link)

Call Senator Portman today and respectfully encourage him to stand strong and oppose a cloture vote on ANY bill in the Senate that includes funding for Obamacare.

Contact Senator Portman at these numbers:

513-684-3265 (Cincinnati)
614-469-6774 (Columbus)
216-522-7095 (Cleveland)
419-259-3895 (Toledo)
202-224-3353 (Washington, DC)

In Liberty,

Ted Stevenot
Ohio Liberty Coalition

 “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke