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February 6, 2016

43 GOP Lawmakers Float Alternative CR That Defunds Obamacare

Rep. Tom Graves is leading the effort for an alternative continuing resolution.

Rep. Tom Graves is leading the effort for an alternative continuing resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Forty-three House Republicans have introduced their own continuing resolution that they think would achieve the goal of both cutting spending and defunding Obamacare better than the plan GOP leaders put forth Tuesday.

Rather than fund the government for a month and a half at the post-sequester top line of $988 billion, it would run through all of fiscal 2014 at the lower, $967 billion levels many Republicans favor.

And, instead of relying on a legislative maneuver to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare without risking a shutdown at the end of the month, it contains language that would actually zero out funding for the president’s signature health care law.

It could spell trouble for the Ohio Republican and other members of the leadership team as they try to come up with a strategy that won’t alienate their base but has an actual chance of passing the Senate.

“Our plan will achieve fairness for every American by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015,” Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia said in a statement. “This approach builds upon the Obama Administration’s policy of delaying portions of Obamacare and relieves taxpayers of the burden of funding a program that is not being implemented.”

Heritage Action for America likes the sound of this.

“Rep. Graves and his colleagues are stepping up to fill a critical void in the House,” said Mike Needham, the group’s CEO. “We encourage all members to support the Graves bill.”

Though this might have the votes to pass the Republican-controlled House, the chance for getting the green light from the Senate and the White House appears even less likely than the plan GOP leaders presented to members earlier this week.

“As we all know, the speaker has a problem, how to get the government funded,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday. “I told him very directly that all these things they’re trying to do on the Obamacare is just a waste of their time.”

Here’s a full list of the 42 current GOP co-sponsors of the new, Graves-led CR proposal, some of whom — such as Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona — told CQ Roll Call earlier this week that they were inclined to support the initial leadership strategy should that ultimately come to the floor for a vote.

Jim Jordan of Ohio

Mark Meadows of North Carolina

Jeff Duncan of South Carolina

Steve Southerland II of Florida

Doug Collins of Georgia

Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho

Trey Gowdy of South Carolina

Randy Weber of Texas

Pete Olson of Texas

Tom Marino of Pennsylvania

Steven M. Palazzo of Mississippi

Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania

Paul Broun of Georgia

Matt Salmon of Arizona

Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin

Richard Hudson of North Carolina

Jeb Hensarling of Texas

Ron DeSantis of Florida

Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia

Thomas Massie of Kentucky

Phil Gingrey of Georgia

Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma

Mo Brooks of Alabama

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Randy Neugebauer of Texas

David Schweikert of Arizona

Scott Perry of Pennsylvania

Blake Farenthold of Texas

Bill Huizenga of Michigan

Luke Messer of Indiana

Bill Flores of Texas

Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina

Tim Huelskamp of Kansas

Steve Daines of Montana

Joe Wilson of South Carolina

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

Reid Ribble of Wisconsin

Tom Price of Georgia

Austin Scott of Georgia

Marlin Stutzman of Indiana

Trent Franks of Arizona

Steve Chabot of Ohio


    Well at least it is a start. The main question remains where are all the other Republicans in the house and senate that claim to be against Obamcare? Are they scared or just no courage on the tough votes.
    Continue to call your house and senators to demand to defund Obamcare.

    • mabramso

      There are plenty of Republicans who want to shut down Obamacare but do not want to shut down the government to do it. I have what I think is a much better strategy for the GOP. Instead of passing one CR and fighting to the death over ObamaCare, pass a CR with the sequester levels of spending but one that lasts for only for 3 weeks. Continue this process until the Dems get tired of it and capitulate. They won’t, but this will disrupt and tie up the Senate’s agenda completely, and they won’t have time to get anything else done.


        That is all true. However, the Obamacare exchanges are going to begin setting up October 1, 2013 so the time is running out. In addition, it passed in March of 2010 and the republicans have not been able to get rid of Obamcare, and they would not have the votes in the democratic senate. Therefore, to defund is the only way to delay the law from taking place.
        I have to agree with Senator Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee lets fund the entire government except Obamcare. Even if the government shut down it would be non-essential services. Do not fall for the tricks of Harry Reid or the democrats. The vote is September 30th if not settled before.
        Please feel free to email me and vist

        • mabramso

          No, it won’t. And I don’t fall for any tricks — I HATE ObamaCare, and I very much root for Cruz , Lee, et al. But here is how this thing is going to play out if the GOP pursues this course of action. If the House passes the CR bill you cite, the Senate will simply take the House bill, amend it to put ALL Obamacare funding back in, and send it back to the House. The Senate will never allow ANY part of the government to operate without full ObamaCare funding — it will be the whole enchilada. When the government shuts down, who will be blamed for not passing a clean CR and funding the government? It’s not the Senate’s fault — they passed a fully funded CR. It’s not the President’s fault — he has no power Constitutionally until there is a bill on his desk to sign. So the GOP takes the full blame for a FULL government shutdown. Now do I agree with this blame stuff? NO. The Dems are very much at fault. But I am a conservative, and I know the truth. But with all the sob stories that will come out and the media on the Democrat side, the GOP will LOSE the PR war on this. And this is pretty much what happened in 1995, except this time, the Dems control the Senate.

        • Beeker

          Disagreed. It won’t happen because the Senate can amend the House bill to get what they want to have the House vote on it. Guess who’s going to get the brunt of the blame? Cruz and Mike Lee will not win this one.

  • MaryJo

    Here we go again! Outside of the bubble they all live in with their minority base, the majority of americans DO NOT want ‘Obamacare’ defunded, but the tin ear Republicans are ignoring the people, as usual. Today, the lunatic House Republicans voted, for the 41st time, to repeal and gut the Constitutional law of the land. The bill to the taxpayers should now amount to $50 million for all of their dead end efforts, but the party of ‘fiscal responsibility’ doesn’t blink an eye at their own fraud, waste and abuse.
    2014 can’t come soon enough where we can get rid of a bunch of these inept, moronic, blithering idiots.

    • mabramso

      The minority base, as you state, is actually a majority in THEIR districts, and that is all that really matters. So you can scream all you want about ignoring the will of the people, but they are actually complying with the will of THEIR voters, and there isn’t a thing that anyone outside of these districts can do about it. Virtually all 43 of these House members (except for Southerland — he’s somewhat vulnerable) are in perfectly safe districts, and in fact, according to the latest Roll Call/CQ/Rothenberg ratings, there are only 14 seats in the House that are truly competitive (and some of those are held by Democrats!). So 2014 will come and go, and you will likely see almost all of these people back in the House.

      That said, shutting down the government has been tried before, and the GOP House members who support it are delusional if they think they will win the PR war on this issue. But they don’t have much to lose. It may affect a few of the Senate races negatively for the GOP, but then again, most of those races are in very red states. So I am not sure there will be much of an affect electorally at all. The last time the GOP got blamed for shutting down the government (under Gingrich in 1995), there was a big stink about how it would hurt the GOP, and there wasn’t much to show for it. Clinton won re-election (which probably would have happened anyway), but the GOP only lost 3 House seats (but retained control) and actually gained a couple of Senate seats. And back then, the House districts were more gerrymandered toward the Democrats. So there wasn’t much an electoral effect at all.

    • Sarah Conner

      Most people don’t want to be forced to give insurance corporations their hard-earned paychecks. That’s all Obamacare is- an insurance scam.

      Individual mandate is what is going to finally kill Obamacare. Incompetent Republicans will have nothing to do with it.

      • Beeker

        Actually it has been that way for years long before Obamacare (HillaryCare, Clintoncare or whoevernamecare). In actuality it is already a insurance scam perpetuated by the insurance companies to make bucks off of you since the 1980s. Obamacare is forcing the insurance companies to utilize the premium for care as intended not for their pocketbook.

  • AlanInSF

    I remember this from civics class — the Congress passes a law, the President signs it, it becomes law, and then a minority of the minority party spends the next six years trying to undermine it.

  • Sarah Conner

    By Continuing Resolution, do they simply mean budget? Why do they not call it a budget anymore?


    • LaniY

      No. That’s not what that means. In federal budgeting, the budget is done by the budget committees by resolution, not law, and sets a blue print for discretionary and mandatory spending for a 10 year period. A Continuing Resolution allows the discretionary appropriations to continue from last years levels in the absence of full year discretionary appropriation laws.

      So before you call names read a book or google on the Internet. Or take a class. It’s not ok to be ignorant and a loud mouth.

      • JC0226

        Well said.

  • Charles Hutton

    The ACA has passed Congress, signed bhy the President, and approved by the Supreme court. So please lend your energies to finding ways to improve the ACA that both sides of the aisle can agree on.
    Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hutton

    • Mary Ann Clayton

      Exactly. Spend all this money, time and energy that is being wasted and
      direct yourselves to improving the ACA. This divisiveness is not what the United States is about. United States!

  • DL

    The GOP can’t stop Obamacare. Not going to happen.

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