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List of undecided senators used to ramp up ‘defund’ pressure

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The House-approved measure to defund Obamacare will likely make its way to the U.S. Senate this week and there’s been an onslaught of online activists rallying the conservative base to start calling undecided Republican senators.

Actor Adam Baldwin, (no relation to the Baldwin brothers), was among the many people tweeting the following list under #DefundObamacare Sunday morning:


The House voted 230 to 189 Friday to pass continuing resolution H.J. Res 59 that will fund the government through December 15, 2013, but cuts funding for the Affordable Care Act.

“Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shut down and they don’t want Obamacare,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Friday.

Heritage Action for America published an explanation for what comes next when the Senate receives the bill:

Next week, the Senate is likely to consider the House-passed year-end funding bill (H.J.Res.59), which also permanently defunds Obamacare.  According to multiple media reports, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may use a post-cloture amendment, which would allow him to alter the bill with a 50-vote threshold, thus gutting the essential defunding language secured by the House.

Before Reid can move to eliminate the defunding language, he must first secure 60 votes to invoke cloture.  That vote, which is likely to come late next week, is a procedural motion that would facilitate efforts by Reid and others to strip the defunding language from H.J.Res.59.  If Reid uses this procedural trick, a vote on the motion to invoke cloture is a vote to undermine the House-passed bill.

If opponents of Obamacare unite against Reid’s procedural power play by denying cloture, the language defunding Obamacare will remain intact, proving that the Senate cannot move a CR that funds Obamacare.

Heritage Action opposes procedural motions that facilitate efforts to strip the defunding language and reserves the right to include such vote(s) on the legislative scorecard.

The conservative non-profit organization FreedomWorks published a list of 10 Republican senators who “claim that they oppose Obamacare,” but need to be contacted, urged to “keep their word” and vote “no” on funding it: Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, Richard Burr, Thad Cochran, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, John McCain and Rob Portman.

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