Isakson And Chambliss To Vote For CR That Cruz Asked House To Pass And Now Wants Senate To Vote Down

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Senators Isakson and Chambliss have issued a press release (below the fold) saying that they will vote for the Continuing Resolution that Ted Cruz was instrumental in having House Republicans – led by Tom Graves – pass.  The House did so.

Then, Cruz spent a perfectly good evening yesterday railing against not only this CR of his creation, but against “show votes” against Obamacare.  Show. Votes.

Senator Isakson and Chambliss note below that they have voted against Obamacare some 60 times.  These “show votes” weren’t for show when the Senate Conservatives Fund bragged about spending $32,000 targeting Isakson to make sure he participated in this show.

But now, without working with the majority of his Senate colleagues, and working against the House Republicans with whom he now expects to hold the line on a government shutdown, Cruz is calling all these votes that he and his “principled” conservatives orchestrated as show votes.

It’s time conservatives started to pay attention to the difference between being “principled” and charlatans grandstanding by telling us everything we want to hear.  For “principle” without a strategy for execution is a recurring recipe for being able to articulate your principles as the king of the minority party.

Show votes, orchestrated by the master of ceremonies himself, who now wishes to run away from them.

Press release follows:

Chambliss, Isakson Support Defunding Obamacare

Vote to proceed to the House –passed continuing resolution

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) continued their efforts to dismantle the terribly flawed health care law, known as Obamacare, by voting for a procedural motion to bring to the Senate floor for debate a House-passed resolution that strips funding for Obamacare while funding the rest of the federal government and avoiding a government shutdown.

Chambliss and Isakson voted in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.59, the Stability, Security and Fairness Act. This House-passed continuing resolution funds the federal government until December 15, 2013, and prohibits funds from being used to implement the president’s health care law, while also eliminating any entitlement to benefits that may accrue under that law.

Cloture on the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.59 was agreed to by a vote of 100 to 0.  Cloture motions require 60 votes to pass.

“Today, I voted in favor of the House Republican’s bill, because it defunds Obamacare and funds the government, without increasing spending,” said Chambliss. “The House of Representatives delivered a bill to the Senate that the American people want, and that I support. I will oppose any attempt by Majority Leader Reid to strip the provision that defunds Obamacare from this bill. Instead of admitting defeat before it has come, Republicans should work together to convince Senate Democrats to stop this flawed health care law from being implemented. I hope my colleagues decide that wrecking our already fragile economy is too high of a price to pay just to uphold the President’s signature law.”

Isakson, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which have jurisdiction over Obamacare and health care, said, “In keeping with my consistent and strong opposition to Obamacare, I joined with Senator Chambliss and all of Georgia’s House Republican members in voting today for the House-passed continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare and keeps the government running. I have cast almost 60 votes to defund, dismantle and repeal this disastrous health care law and will continue to do so. I hope that the Senate will act quickly so that we have time to work with the House to find a resolution for continuing to fund the government before Oct.1.”

In 2009, Democrats designed Obamacare in a way that allows its funding to continue even if the rest of the government shuts down.

Today’s Senate vote is the first in a series of expected Senate votes on a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. If the Senate passes the bill later this week, it will either head to the president’s desk for his signature or, if it has been modified, return to the House of Representatives for further consideration. The president has indicated he intends to veto any bill that defunds Obamacare.

Isakson and Chambliss have each voted to defund, dismantle or repeal Obamacare almost 60 times, and they continue to support its full repeal. Chambliss and Isakson are both cosponsors of numerous legislative proposals that would repeal the law in full or provisions in the law, including both the Obamacare Repeal Act, S.177, and, more recently, the Defund Obamacare Act, S.1292. They also recently sent a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of Obamacare for all Americans.


  1. Michael Silver says:

    Ted Cruz explained on Rush’s web site what is going on with the Senate:

    ” I think it’s important for your listeners to understand how this process is gonna play out this next week, because much of what the Senate does is engage in show votes that are designed to look one way to the voters and, in fact, be like World Wrestling Federation, entirely fixed.

    So what’s gonna happen next is on Friday or Saturday we’re gonna have a vote on what’s called cloture on the bill. That is the vote that matters. It takes 60 votes to grant cloture. What cloture is is cutting off debate, saying there should be no more debate. And the reason that matters is if Harry Reid gets 60 votes to cut off debate to get cloture on the bill, he will then file one amendment, he said only one amendment, that guts the House continuing resolution, and that fully funds Obamacare. And so any Republican in my view who votes for cloture, who votes with Harry Reid, who votes with the Democrats to cut off debate and give Harry Reid the ability to fund Obamacare fully on a 51-vote partisan vote of only Democrats, is voting to fund Obamacare.

    Now, a number of Republicans are going to maintain that, no, no, no, no, no, their vote to cut off debate is in support of the House bill. And, Rush, that’s simply not the case. It’s a show vote. Now, if Harry Reid gets 60 votes, every Republican then will vote against his amendment to fund Obamacare, and so all 46 Republicans want to go home to their districts and say, “Gosh, I voted to defund Obamacare, and marvel of marvels, we lost,” which to be honest is the outcome that I think more than a few of them affirmatively desire. And part of what’s so problematic with Washington is how many Republicans want a show vote to pretend to their constituents they’re fighting for what they say they’re fighting for, rather than actually fighting for it and actually winning. “

          • Noway says:

            Well, Rush does have the largest talk radio audiance. It’s tough to compete with the libs who have all the major networks + CNN’s several hundred. And let’s be honest, the major networks are where most folks get their news.

            • John Konop says:

              The way I see it, Cruz is running for the White House. If you are playing to the base Rush is a very good outlet. He is trap door for the GOP, Cruz will light up the base, Rush will help via wanting rattings/money, and Cruz may even get the nomination. This will damage the chances for the GOP to beat Hillary. Christey is the best chance for the GOP, but the downside of Cruz is he will force Christey to move away from a rational policy or Cruz will win the day. Either way the Hillary camp is cheering him on!

  2. Ellynn says:

    So he was for the defunding after he was against the defunding of it the discussion of the defund CR which he didn’t support in the Senate but did in the house that he himself didn’t defend after it passed but did before he created the undefended defunding bill in the first place.

    • Michael Silver says:

      Not really. To get negotiation leverage over Harry Reid and the dems, the filibuster has to hold.

      If the cloture passes, then Harry Reid will be able to pull the defunding with a simple majority vote. If the Republicans show backbone, hang tough, and vote against cloture, then Cruz can work out a negotiated agreement with Reid.

      Frankly, I’m expecting the Stupid Party ™ to under-achieve my very low expectations of them.

  3. hewhoone says:

    I find it odd & disappointing that Republican leadership who stood by as Democrats “deemed” Obamacare to have passed the house and have done nothing to stop the Obamacare train wreck have more support from conservative pundits than Senator Cruz in this case. There isn’t anyone who believes Obama will sign a defunding CR but at least Senator Cruz has energized the base by outlining a path to an up or down vote on funding Obamacare. That’s more than any other Republican Senator has done during Obama’s presidency. ACA’s implementation is a disaster and every time Republicans force Dems to embrace it the albatross gets heavier and heavier around their necks.

    Around 1 or 2 o’clock last night I watched Senator Lee stand on the floor of the Senate and absolutely eviscerate the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision. If you didn’t see it I highly recommend you try to find a clip to watch. It was powerful and more eloquent than anything I’ve ever heard on the matter. But I guess Cruz and Lee should have just sat down and shut up since McConnell and McCain have been doing such a great job.

    • Michael Silver says:

      Don’t forget our wonderful go-along get-along Senators. They are doing a wonderful job sending our sternly written press releases.

  4. Just Nasty and Mean says:

    Our Senators do not give a DAMN about what their constituents think, other than a Show Vote they can point to as voting against Obamacare.
    They are dishonest deceivers and charlatans that follow Senate leadership to create a “cover” they can hide behind. … a den of thieves (or snakes).
    If they REALLY didn’t want Obamacare, they would be at the podium POUNDING ON THE PODIUM to put their democRat on the spot to vote against this disaster to the US economy and healthcare system.
    However, they do not. They prefer to hide behind slickly worded press releases and crafty maneuverings by leadership to give them an “out”.
    It makes me sick to watch it. Vote the bums out!

          • griftdrift says:

            They aren’t part of the list. Here’s who is exempt. lol

            •Certain low-income individuals: Those who cannot afford coverage, or live in states that have opted out of the Medicaid expansion;
            •People who have no plan options in their state’s health insurance exchange.
            •Other individuals who meet certain criteria: Specifically, individuals who have suffered a hardship or a coverage gap of three or fewer months.
            : Specifically, individuals who have suffered a hardship or a coverage gap of three or fewer months

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    I read there’s talk of a one week continuing resolution (CR) to provide another week for the House to continue the progress made by Senators Cruz and Lee.

    What’s next, a day to day CR? At least it’ll build on the Tea Party’s biggest strength in the House—grandstanding that does absolutely nothing but gets them a paycheck.

  6. seekingtounderstand says:

    Does anyone think that they sold their votes to continue ACA……….for say a new port in Savannah?
    President Obama like so many before usually buys off the votes that are needed and then they pretend to care about citizens for the press.
    With so much money spent on ACA, we can assume that most elected officials and their friends and family where bought off with
    Board positions with big pharma or tech companies…………………etc.
    As much as we claim to know how politics really work, it would be nice to just talk about how things really work in Washington for a change.

  7. saltycracker says:

    Was Obama on the phone negotiating foreign aid with Iran’s Rouhani when he told the Republicans his “raise the debt” terms for them were non-negotiable ?

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