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August 31, 2015

Senate Sets Friday Votes on CR

A frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid locked in a time agreement allowing for passage of the stopgap spending measure early Friday afternoon.

“The House is waiting for us to do something, finish this, but we have two senators who won’t allow us to do that.We’ve established that an hour or two ago. That’s unfortunate,” the Nevada Democrat said when he offered the time agreement.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Thursday on the Senate floor that only Texas Republican Ted Cruz and Utah Republican Mike Lee were blocking votes tonight.

Cruz spokesman Sean Ruston said in a statement that delaying the vote will make sure “the debate play out in the full light of day so the American people know exactly what is happening. America will be watching closely which senators vote to allow Democrats to fully fund Obamacare, and the vote should be carried out in the open for all to see.”

Many Senate Republicans disagree with that description of the vote, saying that they are voting in favor of limiting debate on a measure that would defund the health care law. Procedurally, it will be left to Democrats to provide funding for the implementation with a vote in favor of an amendment offered by Reid and Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., that would strip out defunding provisions and make several other changes, including moving up the end date to Nov. 15.

Cruz and Lee will now get that vote in the middle of the day. As part of the agreement offered by Reid, the entire 30 hours available for debate after the vote for cloture (on the House CR that includes defunding of Obamacare) will be yielded back, setting up a string of four votes.

The ultimate result, after adoption of the amendment, will be passage of a “clean” continuing resolution that maintains funding for the health care overhaul, sending the measure back to the House.

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  1. John Rivas

    Sept. 27, 2013
    1:10 a.m.

    The majority decision-making used in democratic processes does not imply the right of larger groups or nations to subjugate smaller ones.

  2. mabramso

    Sept. 27, 2013
    1:56 a.m.

    So far, this is going exactly how everyone thought it would …

  3. Oscar Y. Harward

    Sept. 27, 2013
    6:56 a.m.

    ObamaCare is the basic fundamental part of ‘job-killing’ our economy

    Democrats, RINO Republicans, and Independents may choose to vote for ‘Cloture’ in the US Senate and even ‘vote for ObamaCare’; however, a vote for ‘Cloture’ with Sen. Harry Reid on ‘funding’ ObamaCare, and/or a vote ‘not to defund’ ObamaCare will be a vote in support of President Obama, Senate
    Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Obamacare and ‘against the majorities of Americans’. The same applies for members in the US House; a vote ‘not to defund’ ObamaCare is a vote in support of President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and ‘ObamaCare’.

    In late 2009 and early 2010, Capitol Hill Democrats ‘rammed ObamaCare down out throats’, and many Democrats were defeated and sent packing. General Election, 2014, 2016, and in further elections ‘will’ be the same for Democrats, Republicans, and/or Independents. A majority of Americans, including businesses, Labor Unions, and others are saying ‘NO’ to Obamacare.

    Every member; Democrats, Republicans, and/or Independents on Capitol Hill who continues in their support of ObamaCare must be held liable for their activity and remembered for their next re-election, and this also includes ‘each and all’ within the Capitol Hill ‘leadership’.

    ObamaCare is the integral part of ‘job-killing’ within our economy. Americans from the beginning in year 2009 continue to say ‘NO’ to ObamaCare. We will be watching you!

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    Sept. 27, 2013
    12:12 p.m.

    Hopefully, Texas and Utah will send these two destructive egomaniacs back home when the time comes.

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