Stockman, House GOP warn Senate on cloture vote
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman joined other House Republicans in signing their names to a letter authored by Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) warning senators their vote to invoke cloture and allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to proceed to a vote to strip out "defund ObamaCare" language in the House's continuing budget resolution will be interpreted as a vote to fund ObamaCare.
The letter follows:
Dear Senator _____:
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution that funds the government, prevents a shutdown, and stops ObamaCare from being imposed on the American People.
The fight to stop ObamaCare now turns to the Senate. As you are well aware, it is highly likely that Majority Leader Harry Reid will move to amend the House-passed CR and remove the language from the bill that defunds and delays ObamaCare before sending it back to the House. As you are also aware, such a motion can only proceed if three-fifths of the Senate invokes cloture and allows this amendment process to begin. Simply put, the only chance that Senator Reid has to pursue this course of action is if six or more Republican Senators join the Democrats in voting to invoke cloture.
Therefore, it shall be our policy to regard any cloture vote that gives Senator Reid a green light to reinstate ObamaCare into this CR the same as a vote for ObamaCare itself.
The House of Representatives has acted according to the will of the American People by putting a stop to ObamaCare in this CR, and it is time for the Senate to follow suit. Therefore, it is incumbent upon every Republican Senator to remain united until the House-passed CR is agreed to, without amendment, and sent to President Obama for his signature or veto.
The urgency of this matter cannot be overstated. If Senator Reid is allowed to amend this CR and send it back to the House only days before a government shutdown, it will be because some Senate Republicans failed to honor the commitment they have all made to stop ObamaCare. As your colleagues and on behalf of our constituents, we ask that you not allow that to happen.
(Members of Congress)