Posted on | March 7, 2013 | 12 Comments
Byron York at the Examiner reports:
With Congress moving ahead on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, some Senate Republicans are proposing an amendment to delay funding the implementation of Obamacare — and they are threatening to stop the entire continuing resolution process unless their amendment is given a vote.
The amendment is the work of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, joined by Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee. “I intend to object to consideration of any continuing resolution that does not include a vote to delay funding of Obamacare,” Cruz said in a press release Wednesday. Arguing that Obamacare will slow economic growth — already just 0.1 percent last quarter — Cruz added, “I believe we should continue to delay such funding at least until economic growth returns to historic averages.”
Slowing economic growth is one thing. The question I have is, if there is no balanced budget, and every time they revise the costs of ObamaCare, it goes up by a non-trivial number, how can we possibly be thinking of letting this monstrosity get funded?
In the end, they will lose. It is highly unlikely that Cruz and Lee will receive a vote on their amendment, and even if they did, it would fail in a Senate with 55 Democrats. It is much more likely that Majority Leader Harry Reid would invoke cloture and at least 60 senators would vote to go forward over the Cruz/Lee objections and without considering their amendment. The end of the story, according to one Senate Republican not aligned with Cruz and Lee, is simple: “Reid files cloture and people don’t want to shut down the government.”
It would be a vote that would come back to haunt at least Mark Warner here in Virginia. Make these sunny beaches own the sand they’re kicking into our future.