With the Senate voting 54-44 on a party-line vote today, Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Republicans to de-fund the Obamacare legislation that pro-life groups oppose because it will fund abortions and presents rationing concerns.
AP has more on the vote:
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement after opposing a short-term budget that would fund ObamaCare:
“Every day, more and more people are starting to doubt whether hard work and sacrifice still lead to prosperity and a better life, and whether the American Dream is still alive. The reason why is because the federal government has steadily undermined free enterprise. Short-term budgets that do nothing to solve our debt crisis are part of the problem, but this short-term budget is especially damaging because it wastes money on ObamaCare, a law that is costing many hard-working people their hours at work, their jobs and their existing health coverage.”
“Today, we had an important opportunity to stand with America’s working class and defund ObamaCare before it continues to hurt people even more. That did not happen. I will continue to fight to stop ObamaCare in its entirety and replace it with an alternative that truly gives Americans more affordable high-quality health care options without hurting their jobs, incomes and current health plans they are happy with.”
The party-line, 54-44 vote clears the last obstacle to Senate approval of a measures aimed at preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday.
The Republican-run House had included the Obamacare language in its version of the shutdown bill at the insistence of conservatives.
Leading conservative activists on Twitter expressed their outrage at Democrats:
Republicans are on the side of the people. The Democrats continue to force horrible legislation on Americans. #Obamacare
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) September 27, 2013
EVERY Senate Democrat just voted to shut down the government to save a law that most of the country doesn’t want. #ObamaCare
— RB (@RBPundit) September 27, 2013
— Lanier Swann Hodgson (@lanierswann) September 27, 2013
Every Senate Democrat votes to protect ObamaCare. Every one.
— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) September 27, 2013