Senate GOP Stands with Obamacare

by Ryan on September 27, 2013

in Election 2014,Health Care,Politics

Funding for Obamacare is back on the table and headed for the House.  The cloture vote (essentially a vote to end debate and have a meaningful, real vote) passed 79-19.  That means 25 Republicans joined hands with all the Democrats.  On the real vote, the tally was 54-44 in favor of adding Obamacare funding back — you know, so the Republicans listed below could vote for Obamacare before they voted against it.  Now the House has to figure out what’s next.

Here are the 25 Republicans:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Barrasso (R-WY) John Hoeven (R-ND)
Roy Blunt (R-MO) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
John Boozman (R-AR) Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Richard Burr (R-NC) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) John McCain (R-AZ)
Dan Coats (R-IN) Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Tom Coburn (R-OK) Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS) John Thune (R-SD)
Susan Collins (R-ME) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Bob Corker (R-TN)

While those on this list may have some conservative views on some issues, may they all have a very difficult primary battle in their subsequent elections.  When the vote mattered they wimped out, not even strategically making the Democrats sweat.

While this result was preordained by the weak Ruling Class Establishment leadership on the Hill, the people are talking about Obamacare, which at the end of the day isn’t good for the President or the Democrat’s prospects in the 2014 Elections.  Another plus might be that 19 members of the Senate are principled conservatives willing to vote with the will of their constituents rather than the with Beltway.

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