Michael W. Chapman
September 25, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in opposition to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and other conservatives, said he will not support a filibuster of the continuing resolution (CR) that also defunds Obamacare, and will instead vote for cloture, which will allow the bill to be amended and voted on with a simple 51-vote majority – the Democrats hold 52 seats in the Senate and caucus with 2 independents, giving them a 54-seat majority.
Senator Cruz, who has helped lead the fight in the Senate to defund Obamacare through the CR, said, “Any senator who votes for cloture on this bill is voting to give Harry Reid the authority to fund Obamacare with just 51 votes. I hope and believe Senate Republicans will stand united.”
Republicans hold 46 seats in the Senate. If the Democrats stay united under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), which is expected, they can amend the CR to strip out the language defunding Obamacare with 51 votes and send the legislation back to the House of Representatives.
Republican Ted Cruz (Tex.), however, wants to use a Senate rule that would require a supermajority (60 votes) of senators to amend the CR – a procedure often used with contentious legislation – which means Reid would have to win over 6 Republican senators in order to change the CR.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:20 am