Mitch McConnell & Ted Cruz: How Do We Defund Obamacare?

    September 25, 2013
    Bennett Rieser
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The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Kentucky Senator and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he would not support Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in their efforts to filibuster a resolution that would defund Obamacare. Consequently, because House Republicans sponsored the resolution that Cruz and Lee want to filibuster, a distinct possibility exists that the government will shut down by next week.

The filibuster efforts weren’t helped by Minority Whip John Cornyn, who joined McConnell in siding against Cruz and Lee. The move is politically unusual, mostly because McConnell, Cornyn, Cruz, and Lee all want the same thing: funding for the government, but no funding for Obamacare.

The Wall Street Journal reported McConnell saying, “I just don’t happen to think filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare. All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded. And none of us want that.”

McConnell believes that the final vote, scheduled by Harry Reid for today, would be the primary test of Democrats going face-to-face with an unenthusiastic electorate. “If five Senate Democrats vote against the Majority Leader, Obamacare will be defunded. That’s a vote we should want to have,” McConnell said.

Across the aisle, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid charged Republicans to back down and give up fighting a law that was passed three years ago. Reid went on to suggest that if a government shutdown takes place, Republicans will be to blame. Then, he quoted Confucius: “When an anger rises, think of the consequences… It is time to stop obsessing over old battles.”

A spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Matt Canter, told the Wall Street Journal that McConnell is fighting an uphill battle against both parties. “Mitch McConnell is terrified of Ted Cruz and the tea party… Regardless of his rhetoric, voters know that McConnell is the reason for gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, and if there is a shutdown, he will shoulder the blame,” Canter said.

If you’re interested in reading quotes from other politicians about the filibuster, Fox News collected some from the talk show circuit.

[Image via a YouTube video of McConnell trashing Harry Reid]

  • Kim

    Where are the senators who will stand up and defend the liberty of the American people? I know Senator Cruz is one, but where are the others. This this lack of conviction must be replaced with courage to do what is right for the citizens of this nation. Stop insulting the intelligence of the American people; we can see through all the games. Defend our Constitution and our rights as you were elected to do. The future of our nation depends on it.
    Obamacare strips away our individual liberties like freedom of choice and religion, and it is a job killer. Never mind that it’s opening the door to socialized medicine and ends innovation. Mr. McConnell, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare, and I think you know that.

    • Reality

      I half agree with you. Our constitution literally does not matter anymore. Any sane person with a triple digit IQ that has actually read the Patriot Acts understands that this is just the beginning. It is also easy to see that the middle class in this nation is being attacked and decimated. Many people also need healthcare. All these things are self evident.

      However, the real problem is that those in power are among the richest people in the nation. Make no mistake about this — they are only looking out for themselves. The problem isn’t Obamacare — affordable insurance is needed.

      Also, do you realize that since 9/11, over $11.3 TRILLION dollars has simply vanished from government budgets (2.3 from the Pentagon and 9.0 from the FED). Where has that money gone? Our debt is only $17 trillion.

      Also, the general price level of goods as been raised 30-60% across the board over the past 4 years in this nation. Not a single thing has happened to warrant such an increase.

      Make no mistake about this — this is all a money and power grab by those in power. The very people you are looking for help from are the ones doing it. Remember this always: The reality is that all politicians are the same. They go to the same schools, share the same benefits, invest in the same companies, join the same clubs, date/marry from the same circles, and are the richest people in the country. They couldn’t care less about the people they serve.