Republicans want to defund the Obamacare health law, but are divided on how to do it. GOP senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) says all you need is 51 votes.
From The Houston Chronicle:
Last week, thanks to the support of conservatives in the House of Representatives, that chamber passed a bill that funds the government while defunding Obamacare. I support this measure, and that is why I voted to bring it before the Senate for an up-or-down vote.
This isn’t a show vote. This is a unique and rare opportunity to defund Obamacare with a simple majority – 51 votes. That means Harry Reid can lose, at most, four members of his caucus and still succeed in funding Obamacare. If he loses five, Obamacare is defunded. I want to have that vote.
In my view, filibustering and blocking a bill that defunds Obamacare is not the best strategy to defund Obamacare. The only thing it guarantees is a government shutdown, during which Obamacare would still be funded.
History has taught us that Republicans would unduly shoulder the blame in such a scenario. This would weaken our party, hurt us at the polls and remove us even further from our goal of defunding Obamacare.
An up-or-down vote, on the other hand, forces vulnerable, red-state Democrats to either double-down on Obamacare or move to defund it. We need to convince five to take the latter approach.
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