Senator Bob Corker on Friday said he supports the House-passed bill that defunds ObamaCare.
The Senate on Friday passed a continuing resolution stripping the House provision defunding the Affordable Care Act.
Corker officials said he "voted to move forward debate on the House-passed bill to fund the government without funding Obamacare. Four votes took place in the Senate this week. Corker voted twice on procedural motions to debate the House-passed bill to fund the government without funding Obamacare. He also voted against Senator Reid’s amendment to restore funding for Obamacare and then against final passage of the amended bill that keeps Obamacare funding intact.
Senator Corker said, “I support the House-passed bill to fund the government without funding Obamacare, which is why I voted twice this week to move it forward. After the defunding portion of the bill was taken out, I voted against passage of the amended bill that funded Obamacare. Now, the House, where Republicans have the majority, can make good policy changes and send something back to the Senate that hopefully will pass both chambers.”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais said, "I remain committed in refusing to vote for any proposal that funds the president’s health care law and I call upon my colleagues to join me. A temporary government shutdown pales in comparison to the long-term negative consequences that ObamaCare will impose on our economy and our health care system.”
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) voted to defund Obamacare and then voted against sending back to the U.S. House of Representatives a resolution that funds the government without defunding the new health care law. The senate Democratic majority nevertheless sent the resolution back for consideration by the House of Representatives, which has a Republican majority.
“The bill is now back in the hands of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. I support the original House legislation that continues funding the government but defunds Obamacare,” Senator Alexander said. “The health care law is an historic mistake that should be delayed, dismantled, repealed and replaced.”
During the week, Senator Alexander also voted for two procedural motions (called “cloture”) on whether to cut off debate about the health care law. The first cloture vote passed 100-0; the second passed 79-19. If either of these cloture votes had failed, the government would have shut down Monday at midnight, Senator Alexander said.
"I'm not in the shut-down-the-government crowd, I’m in the take-over-the-government crowd. Take it over the way the Constitution says: Elect more conservative senators and a president and do all we can to delay, dismantle, repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Shutting the government down would delay paychecks to 3.4 million active-duty military men and women, delay processing permits for gun owners, delay Social Security payments and delay air travel for 2 million daily fliers — but Obamacare would just keep going because the president has the authority to do that under the law.
“In the mid-90s, the last time the government shut down, it lasted only a few days. The uproar was so great that congressmen couldn’t get back to Washington fast enough to start the government back up again. The shutdown cost taxpayers $1.4 billion. Republicans were blamed and President Clinton was re-elected.”
On the senate floor this week, Senator Alexander also told the story of “two Tennesseans who went to Texas, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. Both were brave men who used different tactics to fight for the same goal: Texas independence. Crockett died at the Alamo. Houston withdrew to San Jacinto, where he won the war of Texas Independence.”
“I’m in General Sam Houston’s camp on this one,” he said. “Sometimes patience is a tactic that is useful in winning a war.”
Also in Senate floor remarks this week, Senator Alexander urged the Senate to adopt legislation by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.) to “delay, dismantle, repeal and replace” Obamacare.