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September 27, 2013 - 10:07 am

The Senate just advanced the House continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare despite pleas from Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to not let the bill clear cloture.

It passed a resounding 79-19.

Cruz and Lee, who asked for the legislation from the House, feared Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) amendment to the bill to strip the Obamacare language, which needs a simple majority and passed after the cloture vote.

The pair hovered near the vote table in the upper chamber for the entire vote, with Cruz frequently checking the list of votes and both trying to whip their colleagues at the last minute.

Those who voted with Cruz and Lee against cloture were Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

Enzi, Inhofe, Paul, Roberts, Rubio, Sessions and Vitter helped out Cruz with his 21-hour marathon speech against Obamacare this week.

Twenty-five Republicans voted for cloture.

The “yes” votes to advance the bill racked up quickly, with the necessary 60-vote threshold reached when there were just 14 “no” votes.

This gave GOPs who hadn’t yet voted cover to cast a “no” vote without risking derailing the bill. It also gave Republicans who voted “aye” reason to say it had passed anyway.

“Today, far too many Republicans joined Harry Reid in giving the Democrats the ability to fund Obamacare,” Cruz said in a statement. “When the bill comes back to the Senate, when the House yet again stands for principle and fights for the American people, I very much hope that Senate Republicans will rise to the challenge. We are stronger when we are united, and we can defeat Obamacare only if Senate Republicans come together, stand with House Republicans, and champion the millions of Americans being harmed by this disastrous healthcare law.”

Cruz has been whipping a group of House conservatives to stand against Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and any compromise on Obamacare defunding as the bill goes to conference in the House. Leadership may be leaning toward a deal that would delay the individual mandate for a year as was done for businesses.

Reid, though, vowed to “accept nothing that relates to Obamacare.”

“Given the majority’s unwillingness to even allow us to vote on my bill to do away with the threat of government shutdown, or to vote on amendments to have government live within bipartisan spending limits created just two short years ago, I can’t vote to move this forward,” said Portman in a lengthy statement explaining his vote.

“This most recent threat of shutdown happens at the same time as millions of Americans are forced to deal with the pending implementation of more parts of Obamacare.  Unfortunately, the negative effects of Obamacare don’t stop at the hospital door. They aren’t limited to just our pocketbooks. If you ask Americans what’s the most important issue to them, they’ll tell you it’s the lack of good jobs in this country. Obamacare kills jobs.”

The Senate then quickly voted on an amendment from Reid and Sen. Barabara Mikulski (D-Md.) to strip, in Mikulski’s words, the “toxic political item” from the CR (Obamacare defunding), as well removing the debt-limit provision and changing the length of the CR from Dec. 15 to Nov. 15 to urge the passage of an omnibus that removes sequestration.

“I would ask my colleagues, do you really want to be responsible for killing more jobs?… Do you really want to be responsible for making full-time work part-time work?” Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in response. “This is a second chance, and in life you don’t get very many second chances.”

The Reid-Mikulski amendment passed on a party-line 54-44 vote.

The Senate immediately voted on the amended CR, which also passed on a 54-44 party line vote. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) first voted with Democrats before switching to a “no” vote.

“People can disagree about the Affordable Care Act, but it is wrong for right-wing Republicans to ignore the results of the last election and hold the American people hostage by threatening to shut down the government because they can’t get their way,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I read this on another website, and it was dedicated to those that voted for cloture. It is a quote from Samuel Adams, "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your consels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." My God what a brilliant man! This should be posted to everyone of these Senators, I'm going to send to to as many as I can.
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I read a suggestion the other day about what the House needs to do when it lands back in their lap with de-funding stripped out of it. Pass a version with EVERY SINGLE CARVE-OUT (exemption) stripped out of it. No exemptions for congress, their staffs, the president and his staff and ALL of the other ne'er-do-wells, including the unions and their hangers-on. Make ALL of them live by the same rules that they shoved down our throats. Use Alinsky's rules against THEM for a change!
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There needs to be a list made of who voted "yes" for cloture and then voted "no" to strip out defunding....those are the true sleazy, lowlife, scam artists who will say they voted to defund this abomination knowing full well they needed to vote "no" on cloture to secure victory. LIARS! They insult our intelligence; they really think we're that stooopid...Harry Reid can go to hell.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Somebody tell that moron from VT that just because a party won the election all the rest of the process can be jettisoned...

And no we aren't related. My mother would have fed him to the hogs rather than waste food on his obviously damaged intellect.
43 weeks ago
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can > can't...

REALLY need an edit function.
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All this yammering about how Obamacare is the law of the land. Slavery was once the law of the land. Come to think of it, Dems liked that one too.
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I read this on another website, and it was dedicated to those that voted for cloture. It is a quote from Samuel Adams, "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your consels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." My God what a brilliant man! This should be posted to everyone of these Senators, I'm going to send to to as many as I can.
43 weeks ago
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I read a suggestion the other day about what the House needs to do when it lands back in their lap with de-funding stripped out of it. Pass a version with EVERY SINGLE CARVE-OUT (exemption) stripped out of it. No exemptions for congress, their staffs, the president and his staff and ALL of the other ne'er-do-wells, including the unions and their hangers-on. Make ALL of them live by the same rules that they shoved down our throats. Use Alinsky's rules against THEM for a change!
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YES!
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Good idea, but courage is needed for this. The GOP have NONE.
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We want them to play hardball, but they seem barely able to cope with the challenges of whiffleball.
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We need a third party, even if it's just "none of the above".
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Also - senators who voted "no" on cloture AFTER the enemy secured 60 "yes" votes are also liars and deceivers voting only after their vote was not needed by the treasonous dems.....allowed them political cover. The first 14 "no" votes were authentic as the issue was still in doubt.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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There needs to be a list made of who voted "yes" for cloture and then voted "no" to strip out defunding....those are the true sleazy, lowlife, scam artists who will say they voted to defund this abomination knowing full well they needed to vote "no" on cloture to secure victory. LIARS! They insult our intelligence; they really think we're that stooopid...Harry Reid can go to hell.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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A POX on those uber-conservatives who sat out the presidential elections because the GOP candidates were not conservative enough. I have baskets of rotten tomatoes to throw at you.
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Every pone of those GOP Senators who voted with the Dems should be opposed in primaries. There is no risk to the GOP since those Senators are no different than the Dems.
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"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" arose as part of a quotation by the expansively named and impressively hirsute John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."
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Democrats have spent the last 30 years purging the party of those who are not hard-core socialists.

Those purged Democrats (liberals still) infiltrated the Republican party.

That's how you end-up with over 50% of the Senate Republican caucus voting for Obamacare.

Disgusting, every Senate Republican who voted for cloture should be primaried.
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