Kirkpatrick, Barber, and Sinema Vote for Obamacare
Arizona Democrats Support Government Health Care in Key House Vote
Democrats in the Arizona House delegation voted the straight party line Friday to support Obamacare in the measure to fund the federal government after the fiscal year ends on September 30.
Three Democrats in the Arizona delegation who face tough reelection campaigns next year – Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ1), Ron Barber (AZ2), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ9) – all voted against defunding Obamacare.
The House voted 230 to 189 to fund the government but defund Obamacare. The measure now goes to the Senate where it faces a protracted battle with Democrats determined to preserve Obamacare.
In a statement issued shortly after the House vote, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ5) praised Republican unity in funding the government and denying funds to Obamacare.
“An ever-growing majority of Americans – including a majority in my own district – are already feeling the damage brought from Obamacare and want our elected officials to do something to stop it. This bill does just that by defunding it,” Salmon said.
None of Arizona’s House Democrats immediately issued statements defending their votes on their official Congressional websites.
Speaking at a rally of House Republicans shortly after the vote, Speaker John Boehner said it is time to stop Obamacare before it does more damage.
“And so our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” he said. “The House has listened to the American people, now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.”