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Saturday, September 28, 2013

What next? Graves amendment could delay Obamacare

2 Days to Obamacare : If you have not yet signed the online petition Don’tFundIt, go here. You will receive an email to confirm that you intended to sign the petition. As of noon on Sat., Sept. 28, there were over 1,900,000 signatures, and counting. We need to get this over 2 million. Sen. Cruz has said all along he needed to see a grassroots tsunami effort to get the Senate to listen!!!

Last week, 25 "Republicans" (listed below, scare quotes intentional) voted for ending debate on the CR on Friday, even though they knew that it would result in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attaching an amendment to it, that would allow funding for Obamacare.  
In simple truth, the vote for Cloture was a vote to fund Obamacare. They knew that if they voted on Cloture and allowed Harry Reid to strip the defunding measure out of the bill, that it would easily pass on a 51 vote simple majority. 

A New Species of Invertebrates

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, along with a few others, have worked tirelessly to stand up for the American people and have proven that the majority of the "ruling elite" Republicans are not listening to their constituents.  These "Republicans", instead, have proven themselves to be a new form of invertebrates.  If they once had a spine, it is now gone, and has been for quite some time. 
These invertebrates have pushed the burden back to the House, which did the right thing when passing a CR to fund the government, but not Obamacare.

What Next?
Rep. Graves to Offer "Fairness Agreement" to Senate CR

The Fairness Amendment, which has 61 House Republican supporters, would delay Obamacare until 2015. Rep. Graves issued the following statement about the amendment:
"A simple and reasonable way to ensure fairness for all is to provide every American the same one-year Obamacare delay that President Obama provided for businesses and others...our amendment rejects the Washington-style special treatment for the privileged few and demands fairness for all... as we continue working to keep the government open and protect our constituents from the harmful effects of Obamacare."

The Fairness Amendment to H.J. Res. 59  enforces a delay of Obamacare until 2015:
  •  All of Obamacare's taxes, fines, Medicare cuts and other key provisions would be delayed until 2015.
  •  Exempts CHIP from the delay.
  •  CHIP, a health insurance program for children, became law 1997 and was folded into Obamacare.
Please  click here for the text of the amendment. 

For the record, here are the 25 GOP/RINO Senators who caved on the Cloture vote:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
Daniel Coats (R-IN)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
John Thune (R-SD)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)


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