Harry Reid Will Make Sure Obamacare Gets Funded, But That Doesn’t Mean Conservatives Should Give Up The Fight

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has predicted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would inevitably figure out a way to strike a Republican-backed amendment that defunds Obamacare from the stopgap government funding bill it was to approve this month.

This week, Cruz will likely get to watch that scenario play out.

And, despite strong principled opposition to the Affordable Care Act, there not a lot that Cruz and the Republican Senate minority — several of whom are siding with Senator John McCain and the Democratic majority in supporting the inclusion of Obamacare — can do.

“Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said last week, as the House vote neared. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”

The House indeed voted Friday to temporarily fund the government through December, but attached an amendment that strips funding for the Affordable Care Act, which is supposed to start rolling out on Oct. 1.

Within hours of the vote, Reid’s evident strategy for stripping that amendment right back out of the bill began circulating on the Internet.

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not confirmed what procedural path he will choose but colleagues say he is likely to use an ‘amendment to strike’ to kill the House-originated language to defund the new healthcare law while keeping the government funded,” explains a story at The Hill.

What is an “amendment to strike?” It’s a procedurally acceptable placeholder amendment that can be attached to the House version of the bill as it passes through the process of Senate debate with the defunding language completely intact.

Republicans in the Senate (well, all the ones who aren’t siding with McCain’s defeatism) would be obligated to favor the bill as long as it preserves the House version’s defunding language. But Reid’s “amendment to strike” (which serves essentially as a “substitute amendment,” according to a Democratic aide) would permit the scheduling of a future Senate vote so that the Democratic majority could legally remove the defunding measure altogether.

Got all that? Those are the rules of procedure.

“Since you can amend a bill post-cloture, as long as it’s germane, with only a simple majority, it would seem to me that he [Reid] has a way to make this work as he wishes,” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) explained to The Hill. “…I can’t imagine why any Senate Republican would vote to block cloture or block motion to proceed on a bill they support. I’m assuming that what the House sends over is what we support.”

There’s an air of inevitability hanging over the pending Senate vote, and Democrats will likely be able to convince the mainstream media that their Senate victory (abetted by several Senate RINOs) is the common-sense antidote to the madness perpetrated by the more conservative (and, incidentally, more representative) House GOP.

The defund measure is all but dead; that’s almost certain. But if the Senate’s few strong conservatives don’t anticipate the way Democrats and the media will represent their forthcoming “victory” to the public, they stand to lose the political capital they’ve so diligently cultivated among the voting public and with Congressional leadership.

Summarizing how ugly Congressional Republicans could end up looking over the Obamacare fight in the court of public opinion, The Libertarian Republic’s Keith Farrell advised conservative to pick their battles:

Even with a victory in the House [Friday], the Democrat controlled Senate will likely strip the language from bill concerning Affordable Care, as Senator Cruz predicts. And if, by some miracle, the bill does get to Obama’s desk, he will veto it. Any ensuing standoff would likely be short, and likely result in Republican concession. The GOP and its constituents may need to save their resources and live to fight another day.

Maybe. But Senator Cruz has dug in too deep on Obamacare — and has asked too much of his earnest conservative supporters — to tone down the rhetoric. Wouldn’t the true conservative leadership in both chambers be better off to go down swinging? Once the Affordable Care Act has had some time to work its magic, not only might those who opposed it to the bitter end live to fight another day; they might actually win the next round, with the support of a disgusted public.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • me

    Reid is too big of a President Owebunhole buttkisser to defund it.

    • podunk1

      The first question is, How has the RINO deficit spending program worked over the past 5 years?? How about having a real budget… spending with rational checks & balances, Fast & Furious, illegal aliens, IRS, unemployment, GE jobs for China, arms for enemy terrorists, Benghazi… ad infinitum? We can’t name anything productive done to preserve & protect freedom and Constitution! Look up “treason” & fraud in the dictionary, then the historical penalties thereon applied by civilized people who respected freedom.

      OOPS< NSA is an outstanding success story – portfolios on all the corrupt SOBS in the legislature & judiciary… means harmony, compromise, tolerance, and sooooo much more… a very ugly demonic scenario! The people are entitled to access that info to see how corrupt things really are. People are prosecuted and convicted every day for lesser crimes at state & local levels . Corruption is in control. It only takes a few good persons to put them where they belong!

      Recall works best – get them out of office now!

  • FreedomFighter

    “Harry Reid Will Make Sure Obamacare Gets Funded”
    Hairy “White Viper” Reid snake will continue to inject poison into the American economy, while sucking vitality (income) from the hard working American thru exorbitantly increasingly expensive ObamaCare Taxes and regulation.
    I’m sure the now rarely seen Pelosi snake (very dangerous “you cant see it until you pass it”) will slither around injecting her unique style of venom into all that interfere with the “White Viper”.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • rwp24382

    If they strip the language from the House bill, it just gives more reason to vote out every RINO and Dem.

  • Jana

    I listened to RHINO Karl Rove yesterday complain that the problem is that Cruz had not gone through the proper channels in the Republican party. What? WHAT??
    Everybody complains that we have no, none, zero Republican leadership, then when someone finally listens to the people and steps up to the plate and takes that leadership, everyone starts complaining he didn’t do it right. GOOD GRIEF!
    Get a back bone and quit whining Karl Rove and get behind him an help him. Become the solution and not the problem FOR ONCE!!!

    • Amfer Ferg

      THAT has been my complaint….where are those ‘loyal’ Republicans? I will note those who don’t/won’t support Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and will work tirelessly to make sure they are never re-elected!

    • Warrior

      It is a very simple question. Why have there been so many “exemptions”? That’s all anyone needs to know. Be done with this attack on the healthcare system. It is nothing more than “progressives” attempt to run another industry into the ground and spawn more “patronage”. Want proof? See “public edumacation”.

    • James

      Proper channels my arse, Carl Rove should be banned from speaking for the GOP, he is nothing but another RHINO, similar to that liar McCain in Arizona. I only voted for McCain because of his running mate. I thought McCain would die soon and we would have a real President, unlike the current POS POTUS. Oblamo is nearly Impeachment proof anyway, who the heck wants to see Obiden as President. Do you think there is a good reason for making the idiot with the shotgun our vp.

      • Robbie

        Your next president will probably by Clinton.

  • Frankie

    Harry Reid is done come election time along with many democrats that
    will not listen to the will of the people .

    • James

      Done how, do you think the cheating voting machines are going away anytime soon. All the polls in Nevada said he was dead meat at the last election, yet here he is, still in charge of the Senate, doing his dirty deeds as only a libtard Democrat can do.
      Good luck on that “done come election stuff”

  • Dave

    I believe it’s time for Americans to wake up, turn off the TV, perhaps do a little research and get rid of the socialists bastards that have taken over our country, be they Republican, Democrat or independent. Tomorrow is not soon enough!