Please Note: There are MANY more members supporting this effort. This write-up only covers a few who have come out very strongly in support of defunding Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution! View our complete whip list here: https://llphsecondrevolution.wordpress.com/whip-lists/defund-obamacare-whip-list/
This week, the House of Representatives will consider the Continuing Resolution. Most likely, it will be one lasting only until mid-December, but either way, LLPH has already issued a KEY VOTE alert against any CR that does not defund Obamacare.
IMPORTANT: OUR NUMBERS ARE GROWING. MORE REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO FIGHT COMPARED TO THIS PAST SPRING. BOEHNER, CANTOR, MCCARTHY, AND CO. BETTER BE TREMBLING NOW!
We’d like you to meet some key allies of ours in the House of Representatives who we expect will be leading the fight this week to defund this terrible law, even though most of the GOP leadership would rather not fight. A lot of members signed the Meadows letter or co-sponsored the Graves Defunding bill, but have privately said they will not support efforts to defund. But there are some members who have not only signed onto both the letter and bill but are being vocal about their support to defund Obamacare IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION! These members are not as high-profiled as some of the RINO leadership, but they are truly the ones who we want to support and help:
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3):
People are very concerned about it and they want us to do something to delay or block it, repeal it, if possible and our duty is to fight on. I speak to business owners, they are very concerned about the effects of Obamacare. It’s forcing them to push people into part-time work, it’s reducing wages and people’s health care costs are going up. I’m going to keep fighting on the issue.”
Amash added, “I don’t think we’ve should be funding Obamacare if it comes down to voting for appropriation bills that fund it; I’m going to vote no on these bills. That doesn’t mean a shutdown of government; there are those on the other side who can work with us and find ways to work this issue.”
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK 1):
“Proud to be a supporter of the defund ObamaCare movement. ObamaCare passed without a single Republican vote, so why should Republicans be expected to participate in funding its implementation? It’s called separation of powers and it’s time for the House to be bold and stand with the people in defunding this monstrosity.”
And from Politico:
“The conservative crowd is definitely focused on the upcoming battles over the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling,” said GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan, who occupies a conservative seat in South Carolina.
Voters in his district, Duncan said, would “rather see Republicans veer more to the right” on spending issues.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1):
From The Hill: “They think if we have a shutdown, or a big showdown, we may lose the majority, and they will lose their leadership positions,” Gohmert said at an event in Longview, Texas, according to the Longview News-Journal.
Gohmert said Republicans need to stand up for what they believe in — as Democrats did when they passed the president’s healthcare reform law — and now push to defund it.
“What does it say about Republicans if we’re not willing to stand up for what we know is best for the country?” he asked.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS 1):
“I’m still trying to get our leadership to actually take on Obamacare when it really counts,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said.
“Just keep their word, that’s all we’re asking, that doesn’t seem like a big ask,” Huelskamp said. “At the minimum, the House has to send out a CR that defunds Obamacare — doesn’t seem like much to ask.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY 4):
From United Liberty:
“[Utah Sen.] Mike Lee has put his stake in the ground and said, ‘I’m not gonna vote for any sort of continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.’ And I think it’s a great stance to take, because he’s right. People are gonna start signing up in October, and they’re gonna start being part of ObamaCare on January 1st. This is our last opportunity,” Massie emphasized. “Congress, the House and the Senate control the purse strings. It’s the only check that we have besides some oversight on the Executive Branch. And so I’m going to be part of that group that goes into this August recess and goes back home and says, ‘I will not vote for a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.’”
“We don’t have to be the bad guys in the House — we can go ahead and pass the continuing resolution with a little rider on it that says, ‘None of these funds shall be used to implement the Affordable Care Act,’” he added. “Pass that, send it to the Senate, say, ‘Look, we’re not shutting down the government, we funded it. Fully funded it for the next year. It’s up to you all if you’re gonna be adamant on trying to implement a program that the President’s already acknowledged can’t work and he’s gonna delay it then you all shut down the government, not us.’”
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4):
From The Hill:
Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-Calif.) office, for example, confirmed Thursday that he has now made it clear to constituents that he won’t vote for any temporary funding bill that does not defund ObamaCare.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC 11):
From The Hill:
Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) both told The Hill on Friday that they would oppose GOP leaders if they bring up a short-term continuing resolution at sequester levels – and suggested there were many others who felt the same way.
Meadows added that he thought it was a mistake to push back the fight over ObamaCare, given that state insurance exchanges open on Oct. 1. “I believe that Sept. 30 is a critical time,” Meadows said. “If there’s a better strategy, I’m willing to look at it.”
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC 5):
From The Hill:
“A short-term CR that doesn’t have any conservative principles attached to it other than the spending levels, I just won’t be able to support,” Mulvaney said. “I think it’s fair to say it’ll be a challenge to pass it with just Republican votes.”
But he questioned the tactics, in which Republicans are pushing many of the biggest fights on the table, including efforts to stymie the president’s healthcare reform law, back several weeks in an attempt to avoid a standoff that could be politically damaging to the party.
“In the past, when the House has been the weakest is when the House tried to anticipate what could pass the Senate,” he said. “When the House was the strongest was when we passed good conservative bills out of the House.”
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ 5):
Great Video at this LINK. And from National Review:
Salmon is part of the right flank of the GOP conference, someone who is deeply frustrated with Speaker John Boehner’s unwillingness to use the upcoming continuing-resolution fight to draw a line in the sand over Obamacare funding.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36):
Stockman argued that the GOP has used rhetoric against Obamacare for a long time but has not actually stepped up to fight it. “If we believe ObamaCare is bankrupting our country, killing our constituents’ jobs, and destroying our health care system, then it is good policy and good politics for us to act like it,” Stockman wrote. “That’s why I filed H.Res. 333 the afternoon we adjourned for the August recess.”
H. Res. 333 is a House Resolution through which members can declare their support for the strategy to defund Obamacare from Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds government.
“As you know, Obama and Reid have threatened to shut down the government if we don’t fund ObamaCare,” Stockman wrote. “I’m sure you’ve heard the argument that a shutdown showdown will supposedly be an electoral disaster for us because everybody knows the partial, temporary, shutdown for 28 days in 1995 caused Republicans to be punished at the polls. But that revisionist history is a red herring.”
“Hackers and identity thieves love ObamaCare. Time is running out and Congress needs to act now. Americans will be thrown under the ObamaCare bus beginning Oct. 1,” said Stockman. “The last thing Congress can afford to do is look like they don’t care by refusing to defund the failed program. People didn’t give Republicans control of Congress so we can sit around and do nothing.”
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN 3):
“I’m not going to vote for a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare. It makes no sense to spend another dime on a failed law that the President has already delayed.”
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA 3):
“During the August district work period, I have visited 12 of the 13 counties in Georgia’s Third Congressional district – and will have visited all thirteen by the end of the week. Everywhere I go, people are concerned about the impact ObamaCare will have on their job and on their family. That’s why we must repeal ObamaCare and I will not vote for any continuing resolution or debt ceiling increase that does not defund this law. The president needs to admit this law is a failure and needs to work with Republicans to repeal ObamaCare, and replace it with common sense reforms that will keep healthcare affordable and accessible to all Americans.
We look forward to the fight this week with the GOP RINOs and establishment leaders. WE THE PEOPLE INTEND TO WIN! Game on!