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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on Cloture to Fund ObamaCare in the CR

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and tell them to vote NO on cloture on the Continuing Resolution if any amendment is pending that would restore ObamaCare’s funding, because a vote for cloture is a vote to fund ObamaCare.

As is so often the case in the Senate, the actual vote on final passage of the Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 59) is not the place where those who claim to want to defund ObamaCare should make a stand.  Cloture is a procedure that is invoked to limit the debate on a bill, to put an end to any potential filibuster of the bill, and to proceed to amendment votes and eventually to final passage of the bill.

Most Republicans in the Senate are claiming that they oppose ObamaCare, and that they will therefore vote against passing the bill, but final passage requires only a simple majority vote. This means that Democratic senators can pass a bill funding ObamaCare with zero Republican votes.

Cloture, on the other hand, requires 60 votes, meaning that if only 41 of the 46 Republicans in the Senate stand together against ObamaCare, they can use cloture to hold the line until Democrats agree to come to the table and negotiate.  Yet, a number of Republicans have already publicly stated that they intend to vote yes on cloture, effectively giving Senator Harry Reid and the Democrats free rein to fund the flawed health care law.

With more and more businesses cutting employees’ hours, dropping their insurance coverage, and downsizing their workforces because of ObamaCare, the law is harming thousands of Americans before it has even taken effect.  Congress must act now, before the people start signing up on October 1st for a law that is unready, unworkable, unfair, and unaffordable.

I urge you to call your senators and ask them to vote NO on the cloture vote to end debate on the Continuing Resolution. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating FreedomWorks’ Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.


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Lee Duncan

I have tried to call John Cornyn's offices, all of them, for two days regarding the defunding of Obamacare. At every location the numbers are ringing busy except in DC where the mailbox was and is, and will most likely remain, "Full". In other words, he knows he is turning his back on his constituents and he doesn't want to hear from them. What kind of a "representative" is that?
I am so weary of seeing Senator Cornyn standing next to Mitch McConnell in every picture as together they ignore the people that voted for them. I have called numerous times and I have written many letters...all falling on deaf ears.
Senator John Cornyn...WAKE UP!

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stone stone

To date various conservative groups, astroturf organizations, and the business interests, lobbys, and others whom obviously want to stop Obamacare have spent tons of money in attempt after attempt to stop it. Now its the end of the line and in this last-ditch desperate effort, now have one last hurrah- try and stop it using a somewhat familiar trick: Hold it over the debt ceiling.
Its not going to work and what's more, even some of the most influential Republican strategists and politicians are sounding the alarm that its sounding an awful lot like the 90's when the GOP fell out of favor with the public. Latest polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans will blame the GOP if they hold up the debt ceiling.
So I ask why? Its over. Your side lost. Time to move on to something else- namely issues that actually benefit the citizens and not big business.

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stone stone

Teri, Like basically everyone else I've heard tell me they think this bill is bad, they really can't tell me a single reason why its bad. They just know its bad from what they've read from various sites and organizations backed by outside interests. Its called astroturfing, which means creating fake political movements in the name of those aforementioned interests. Follow the money trail, whom is behind these movements, and there you will find the answer.
Ryan, Making an insulting comment to me doesn't really further your opinion other than you can toss out insults. What you said actually made no sense.... I lack the "equipment necessary to affect meaningful discourse"? What was I assume meant to sound smart doesn't actually have any cohesiveness. If you wanted to say that and have it make sense, it would have been a lot better to simply say : " Oh, don't worry about stone because I think he is a troll and doesn't have the brains to post an opinion" Well, as such I did exactly that and so your response was incorrect. As I mentioned above, I would suggest doing some research in regards to the money that is backing these initiatives.

Ryan Yager

Disregard stone stone he is a troll and lacks all equipment necessary to affect meaningful discourse on any subject requiring analytical thought processes or any candor or vabrado in affecting any outcome.

In layman's terms.. he is lacking the brains and the balls to post on this forum.

Teri Cotham

Oh, stone stone, you have no stones! The bill is a bad one. The American people have spoken out against it since it was shoved down our throats in 2010. If the Republicans can't stand up for the American people on this issue, they don't stand for anything and the party needs to be done away with.