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As one of our over 6.9 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote YES on Senator Mike Lee’s procedural move to pass a full repeal of ObamaCare with only a simple majority vote. Note that if the repeal amendment passes, FreedomWorks will no longer score against the vote on final passage for the highway funding bill.
Senator McConnell insists upon allowing a vote that would attach a revival of the dormant Export-Import Bank to the bill to fund highway spending. He also allowed a vote on an amendment to fully repeal ObamaCare, knowing fully well that since it wasn’t germane to the highway bill it would require 60 votes to pass and couldn’t get past the Senate Democrats.
What Senator Mike Lee has promised to do is to turn the vote on ObamaCare into an actual, substantial attempt to pass a repeal and send it to the president’s desk. By invoking Senate Rule 22, Lee intends to force a simple majority vote on making the ObamaCare amendment “germane”, which would allow it to pass with only 51 votes. There are 54 Republicans in the Senate currently, so there is no reason that Lee’s effort should not succeed.
Although President Obama would veto a bill that contains ObamaCare, Lee’s tactic would set a marker for how Congress could get rid of the failing health care takeover under a Republican president. And, clearly, sending a full repeal of ObamaCare to the president’s desk should be a much higher priority for the Republican majority in the Senate than reviving an ancient corporate welfare fund.
Please contact your senators and ask that they vote YES on Senator Lee’s procedural vote to allow a full repeal of ObamaCare to pass the Senate. FreedomWorks will count this vote as a Key Vote when calculating our Congressional Scorecard for 2015, and it will be worth twice the weight of a normal vote. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.
Adam Brandon CEO, FreedomWorks