The 25 GOP senators that caved on Obamacare funding vote

Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John McCain 25 Republican senators voted for cloture on Friday, ending debate on funding the government and dashing hopes to defund Obamacare.

Republican leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and John Boehner

McConnel and Boehner. Photo credit

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needed 60 votes to stop the debate, allowing a simple majority to approve Obamacare funding.

Once the 60-vote threshold was met, Reid easily removed the “Full Faith and Credit Act” and language that would have defunded Obamacare, according to Breitbart.

With Capitol switchboards buzzing as constituents spoke out, Republicans could have followed the will of the people, but instead these 25 voted with Democrats, with asterisks next to those up for re-election in 2014:

  • Lamar Alexander, Tennessee*
  • Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
  • John Barrasso, Wyoming
  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • John Boozman, Arkansas
  • Richard Burr, North Carolina
  • Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
  • Jeff Chiesa, New Jersey
  • Daniel Coats, Indiana
  • Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
  • Thad Cochran, Mississippi*
  • Susan Collins, Maine*
  • Bob Corker, Tennessee
  • John Cornyn, Texas*
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina*
  • John Hoeven, North Dakota
  • Johnny Isakson, Georgia
  • Mike Johanns, Nebraska
  • Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
  • John McCain, Arizona
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky*
  • Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • John Thune, South Dakota
  • Roger Wicker, Mississippi

Two Republican senators did not vote. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., tweeted on Thursday that he didn’t support cloture, but he was in Arizona for his 20-year-old son’s wedding, according to The Arizona Republic.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who was attending his granddaughter’s wedding, said he would have voted for cloture, according to CNS News.

With only a simple majority needed, Reid’s amendment funding Obamacare passed on a party-line vote, with all 54 Democrats voting for it, and all 44 Republicans present voting against it.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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23 thoughts on “The 25 GOP senators that caved on Obamacare funding vote

  1. Isabella1709 says:

    I am still mystified about Ron Johnson of WI. !

  2. riversong1220 says:

    Cornyn will not be reelected

  3. Tom Memolo says:

    Hey Senator Burr of North Carolina start looking for another job.

  4. ralph says:

    John McCain how does it feel to spit on your grandfathers grave

  5. ralph says:

    All of our young men and women that have died for our country have just been dishonored by the scum in the senate

  6. Marine68 says:

    We have a big burden on the next election; we have to vote in new people to replace both Dumborats and to replace the Republicrats that voted against the American People yet again. The Houses of the People are infested with vermin, and must be cleaned out.

    1. Doug says:

      But what happens if you have the same Republicrats? You can’t vote for Dumborats?

      1. Marine68 says:

        We are hoping that the people are asking themselves that same question.

      2. TwatDoc says:

        Not FOR DumbocRATS but AGAINST them !!

  7. Jon says:

    These 25 are why you should never contribute to the GOP in any way. Give to the Club for Growth, Tea Party Patriots, or directly to a candidate.

  8. Gabriel Beaven says:

    I do not know why more people do not stand with the great Senator Ted Cruz in fighting Obamacare. This health care law will destroy America as we know it. I I am thankful that we have Senator Mike Lee Senator Rand Paul and Senator Marco Rubio. In 2014 let us as Americans stand up and say no more. I urge every single American to look at your congressman look at your senator if they are not doing the job that they are supposed to do which is representing us in our interest. I will say vote them out immediately. I am NOT putting up with this anymore in 2014 it’s time to clean house.

  9. Dane Clark says:

    Its too bad but if I could vote in each of these states I would vote them out. I have geen saying right along that McCain and Graham have go to go they have over extended their time. There is no telling what kind of influance they may have had over the other 23. It is a shame because it tells the are more concern about going along with Obama and Reid instead of listening to the American people. Shame Sham Shame Sham.

  10. TwatDoc says:

    2014 is NOT going to be good to these RINO’s !!

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