Kirkpatrick, Barber, and Sinema Vote for Obamacare

| September 20 2013
John Walker

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.”


Totally expected. I hope the voters remember this when reelection time comes around.

dleeper47 moderator

They also implicitly voted to shut down the government by leaving it unfunded after Sept 30.  Shame on them.  Where's the compassion for children, veterans, the aged, and all the other constituencies they are supposed to care about? Today, the GOP did a better job looking out for for those folks ... 

Is loyalty to Obama and his white elephant of a health care plan all that really matters to these three? Where was Grijalva?  Did he not vote?  Was he hiding under his desk?

Let the record show ... these three voted for a shutdown. Next in line to vote for a shutdown may be the US Senate, led by Harry Reid ... but not if the Republicans can prevent it.

WesternFreePress moderator

@dleeper47 The cognoscenti of the left don't care about children or the aged. They care about force.