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September 27, 2013

Enzi continues four-year fight against Obamacare with vote against spending bill

Opposed continuing resolution that funded Obamacare

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate moved to strip a provision from the continuing resolution that would have defunded President Obama’s health care law. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., was one of 19 senators to vote against cloture, the procedural vote that allowed the Senate majority to remove the defunding provisions. Enzi also voted against allowing the funding bill to advance because its total went above previously established budget caps.   

“About four years ago, those who ran Congress passed a government-run takeover of healthcare despite pleas from the American people to slow down and stop taking the country down this road. Now we’re four days from Obamacare fully coming online and the American people still don’t like what this bad law has to offer. Less choice, billions in new taxes, people losing their health care plans they were told they could keep. The people of Wyoming want this law gone and I’m with them. I’ve always been with them. We have some new blood in the Senate that is advancing our message and I’m thankful for that. But our fight isn’t a new one, it’s the same one we’ve been fighting for four years. Those who passed this law and signed it made a huge mistake that we’re all paying for. This is a fight to repeal it so we can do real healthcare reform without the government running things. It’s a fight to defund this monstrosity that is killing full-time employment in this country. It’s a fight to dismantle all that we can while we work for a long-term solution. I will continue this fight to make Washington listen.”

The Senate voted to end debate on the bill by invoking cloture 79-19.  It voted to advance the bill despite the bill going over spending limits 68-30. Then the Senate passed a version of the resolution that included funding for Obamacare 54-44. The continuing resolution now goes back to the House for consideration with votes possible this weekend and early next week. 

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