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The House has voted. Now bring on the Shutdown!

Posted: September 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm   /   by

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.

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 – )


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.


  1. rofomoreno says:

    Let the government shut down begin!. Even if but for a few days, I guarantee I will sleep restful and feel much less burdened knowing the federal government had been rendered (even temporarily) neutered by a handful of American Constitutional loyalists representative of a true grassroots effort. Let the Left leaning of both parties also partake in the same stale cake that we have been surviving on for the past (nearly) six years. 
    A point has to be made and made never to forget.

  2. RobertRowe says:

    I remember the shutdown under President Clinton.  About the ONLY impact it had on me directly is it temporarily shut down the Ranger Station on US Forrest Service lands I then hunted on at Caddo National Grasslands in East Texas.  Those of us who hunted there could not use the so called ‘improved’ camp sites, and the Ranger Station was closed, I think for about two weeks.  We could STILL use all the lands, and camp in other areas.

    Bring it on !

    1. GlynnHickox says:

      RobertRowe I was looking to go to caddo national grasslands in bois d arc this weekend to do some bow hunting, so will the land still be open with the shutdown? I have tried calling the grasslands but no answer

      1. GlynnHickox The Federal government should not own so much land!

  3. VanZandtRhonda says:

    Let them shut it down what a blessing it would be to not have feds crawling all over us and storming our gold miners and sticking there EPA thugs into everything Alaskans do…get er done…

  4. TracyKaake says:

    Whenever the gubmint shuts down, the economy picks up. Coincidence?

  5. VanZandtRhonda TracyKaake RobertRowe rofomoreno RogueRose  
    You all realize that Harry Reid has taken to calling you “anarchists,” right? :-)

    1. Newt2012NewYork says:

      WesternFreePress VanZandtRhonda TracyKaake RobertRowe rofomoreno RogueRose you should hear the things I call Harry Reid. He is a useful idiot of Communist infiltrators.

      1. Newt2012NewYork WesternFreePress VanZandtRhonda TracyKaake RobertRowe rofomoreno RogueRose The thing that makes me bonkers about ALL statists is the way they blithely go about their days assuming that statism is the only way and that any notions to the contrary are quite literally insane. I recognize that statism is a different philosophy with its own precepts. It’s a philosophy I oppose, but I recognize that it has ideas and precepts. But they look at any anti-statist/libertarian/conservative philosophies as irrational. They don’t even get it, because they don’t think there’s anything to get. I HATE that.

  6. Newt2012NewYork says:

    If they shut it down the lefts voters wont get paid and the rest of us wont get our pockets picked. 
    Whats not to love? 
    Think how much money we will save every hour of every day. 
    Maybe we will even stop a war or two or three.

  7. CarlIrwin says:

    what I have been thinking about, is what has brought us to this point in time where we have to shut down the Gov. Somethings bother me, it was not our fault Obamacare passed the Democratic s controlled both senate and the house. But then we lost it in the Supreme court which was considered a conservative leaning court. Then our representatives just sit by while this president illegally made changes to the healthcare Law, which he cannot do. So now we fight it, well I have mixed feelings, I want rid of this awful law but I also want the American people to enjoy the full benefit of their vote and get to enjoy all of Obamacare, then maybe next time they will think before they pull that voting lever.

    1. CarlIrwin That’s certainly not an unreasonable thought and concern. The House GOP is trying to save them from themselves, but sometimes, you have to let kids experience the consequences of their own mistakes (failing a test when they forgot to study, etc.). I know what you mean. We’re surrounded by terrible choices.

The House has voted. Now bring on the Shutdown!