The House has voted. Now bring on the Shutdown!
By Rose La Fleur
I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve about had enough! If they aren’t willing to take a stand with the majority of the American people against the complete destruction and takeover of our healthcare system, when will they be willing to stand?
Here’s what I suggest we do:
1). Let’s run the Don’t Fund It petition up to 2 million. We still have 2 days. http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/
2). Call or email every single republican who voted FOR cloture and let them know we won’t be fooled and we won’t forget. A vote FOR cloture was a vote FOR funding obamacare. We knew it and so did they. Anything after that was smoke and mirrors and nothing but a symbolic vote for their campaign literature. If you haven’t got time, just call or email your senator if they’re on the list, and McCain, Graham, and Peter King. While you’re at it, let Peter King know if he’s upset by a little profanity he should think about a career change. Sen Flake (R-AZ) didn’t vote because he was at his son’s wedding, but he never came out and publicly took a stand.
Here’s the list and their contact information:
Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Chiesa (R-NJ) Coats (R-IN) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Murkowski (R-AK) Thune (R-SD) Wicker (R-MS) Graham (R-SC) Hoeven (R-ND) Isakson (R-GA) Johanns (R-NE) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY)
3) Last night, the House passed a series of measures . . . let’s take it one step at a time. The House originally passed a continuing resolution (CR) that included a provision to defund Obamacare. The Senate, after approving cloture, stripped the defunding provision and sent it back to the House. Since it was an amendment to a provision in the original bill, it had to return to the House. Now, the House has amended the Senate amendment (that removed the defunding provision). Here’s what they passed:
First, a one-year delay of Obamacare, which they approved 231-192. Two Democrats voted with all but two Republicans (both from New York) for the delay.
Second, a permanent repeal of a 2.3 percent tax on medical device makers, which they approved 248-174. Seventeen Democrats voted with all of the Republicans for the repeal.
Third, they also also voted to change the CR’s expiration date from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15.
Fourth, they added a “conscience clause” allowing employers and insurers to opt out of providing coverage for contraception if they have moral or religious objections. (You can read more about last night’s votes here – http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/house-sends-cr-back-to-senate-for-more-shutdown-drama/ )
All of these House amendments can be stripped with a simple one-time majority vote, the 51 vote requirement. Anyone believe THAT isn’t going to happen?
And finally, in a unanimous vote, they passed a separate bill to ensure military personnel are paid in the event of a government shutdown. (Except Nancy Pelosi, who was off celebrating her anniversary.) Let’s see the Democrats vote against that one.
Since now—thanks to 25 Republicans’ refusal to unite and take a stand against cloture—the Senate can defeat anything the House sends over using a simple majority vote, we’ve reached a standoff. The first one to blink loses. Sounds like it’s time to call our state’s representatives and let them know we support a shutdown for as long as it takes to get the job done. Remember, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all mandatory programs and won’t be affected at all by a shutdown. As Sarah Palin has pointed out, a shut down gives them less opportunity to spy on us and waste our money. Sounds like a plan to me.