Congressman John Culberson, R-TX, was just on with Edd Hendee on Houston’s Edd Hendee local talk radio show to confirm some breaking news regarding the defunding of Obamacare. This plan is kind of in the mold of the Tales wishes that the House of Representatives vote to defund Obamacare [to go on record as a caucus], and try to force a vote in the U.S. Senate.
Paraphrasing Rep. Culberson: The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-OH, has come up with an idea to both keep the government open with a temporary continuing resolution that funds the government until Dec. 3, but also forces the U.S. Senate to vote on the complete defunding of Obamacare. There will be two separate votes in the house. The first vote will be the continuing resolution that funds all of the government [including Obamacre] at current sequester levels until December. Then if that passes, they will have a second vote on a resolution that votes to completely defund Obamacare. Added to the resolution to defund Obamacare will be an addendum that says the U.S. Senate must take a vote on that bill before the House will send over the continuing resolution that funds all of the government. So, the House will send over the defund Obamacare bill first to the Senate and hold onto the CR until the Senate votes on that first bill.
This way, they are not tying a continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare, only to making the U.S. Senate have a vote on it. This way the Republicans cannot be accused of shutting down the government and it will force the Senators to go on record on Obamacare. Yes, the bill will almost surely not pass in the Senate, but what this does is put the Democrats who are up for re-election in the red states in a dilemma. Do they vote against the bill in order to support their president, or do they vote for the resolution to defund in order to support their constituents? Also, this will free up those GOP members who were worried about being accused of shutting down the government, and allow them to unanimously vote to defund Obamacare. Because whether the vote in the Senate passes or fails, just because the vote is held means the continuing resolution that funds all of the government will then be sent to the Senate.
Tales thinks this is almost an ingenious solution by Speaker Boehner [who we have been very critical of]. It makes the GOP position clear against Obamacare and it forces those vulnerable Democrat senators from Red States to go on record, and probably enhance their demise in 2014.
I think this brilliantly kills two birds with one stone and will be very helpful to the Republicans to holding the House and winning the Senate in 2014. I really hope this is where the GOP can come together. I am hoping Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz support this move by Speaker Boehner.
Authored By Tales from a tribble