Highlights from the Senate Floor

Senator Mike Lee
2013-09-26 14:11:44
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] Dear Friends, The last 48 hours have been pretty busy in the Senate.� I was honored to join my colleague, Senator Ted Cruz, in an extraordinary effort to bring the voices of the American people to the halls of Congress with one simple purpose: to make DC listen to the American people's concerns with Obamacare.� Senator Cruz started speaking at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday, and he spoke for 21 hours on the Senate Floor.� I stayed up with him through the night, and I had several opportunities to share the concerns of the American people from the Senate Floor while also outlining the path Republicans can take to defund Obamacare. Millions of Americans participated in this event by watching it on C-span and sharing their concerns through phone calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook conversations.� I appreciate the support of those who participated, and I wanted to share some of the highlights from last night - in case you weren't up at 3:00 a.m. watching C-span: * Adding Your Voice to the Effort to Defund Obamacare [link 1]* In this clip I read a sampling of some of the thousands of statements I received from Americans across the country that explain why they would like to see Obamacare defunded. * Make DC Listen: Obamacare and America's Constitutional Crisis [link 2]* In this clip I explain why Obamacare is one of the most constitutionally problematic laws to ever be passed in our nation's history. * How to support the House CR that defunds Obamacare [link 3]* In this clip I explain the procedural tricks Senator Harry Reid can use to restore Obamacare funding to the continuing resolution that the House passed to defund Obamacare.� There has been a lot of confusion and disagreement about the best way Republicans in the Senate can act to defund Obamacare.� Senator Ted Cruz and I explain the best way to accomplish this goal in this clip. There have been those who have argued that if you want to support the continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives, that you must vote yes on the cloture vote on the bill. Well, that's an interesting take on it because notwithstanding the fact that some in my party have been making that suggestion, it's anticipated that Senator Reid and 53 democratic allies -- as I understand, will all be voting for cloture on that bill. That begs the question, are those same people who are suggesting that if you support the House-passed continuing resolution, does that mean that Harry Reid and the 53 democrats likely to follow him are also supporting the House-passed continuing resolution that keeps government funded while defunding obamacare? I find that a little strange and counterintuitive. In the coming days, the nation will be having an important debate about the future of Obamacare.� I will continue to work to be part of this conversation, and I am hopeful that with the help of the American people that Republicans in the Senate will unite to defund Obamacare. � Together, we can prevent Senator Reid from gutting the continuing resolution that was passed by the House of Representatives. [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 4] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 5]
September 26, 2013

Dear Friends,

The last 48 hours have been pretty busy in the Senate.  I was honored to join my colleague, Senator Ted Cruz, in an extraordinary effort to bring the voices of the American people to the halls of Congress with one simple purpose: to make DC listen to the American people's concerns with Obamacare.  Senator Cruz started speaking at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday, and he spoke for 21 hours on the Senate Floor.  I stayed up with him through the night, and I had several opportunities to share the concerns of the American people from the Senate Floor while also outlining the path Republicans can take to defund Obamacare.

Millions of Americans participated in this event by watching it on C-span and sharing their concerns through phone calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook conversations.  I appreciate the support of those who participated, and I wanted to share some of the highlights from last night - in case you weren't up at 3:00 a.m. watching C-span:

Adding Your Voice to the Effort to Defund Obamacare

In this clip I read a sampling of some of the thousands of statements I received from Americans across the country that explain why they would like to see Obamacare defunded.


Make DC Listen: Obamacare and America's Constitutional Crisis

In this clip I explain why Obamacare is one of the most constitutionally problematic laws to ever be passed in our nation's history.


How to support the House CR that defunds Obamacare

In this clip I explain the procedural tricks Senator Harry Reid can use to restore Obamacare funding to the continuing resolution that the House passed to defund Obamacare.  There has been a lot of confusion and disagreement about the best way Republicans in the Senate can act to defund Obamacare.  Senator Ted Cruz and I explain the best way to accomplish this goal in this clip.

There have been those who have argued that if you want to support the continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives, that you must vote yes on the cloture vote on the bill. Well, that's an interesting take on it because notwithstanding the fact that some in my party have been making that suggestion, it's anticipated that Senator Reid and 53 democratic allies -- as I understand, will all be voting for cloture on that bill. That begs the question, are those same people who are suggesting that if you support the House-passed continuing resolution, does that mean that Harry Reid and the 53 democrats likely to follow him are also supporting the House-passed continuing resolution that keeps government funded while defunding obamacare? I find that a little strange and counterintuitive.

In the coming days, the nation will be having an important debate about the future of Obamacare.  I will continue to work to be part of this conversation, and I am hopeful that with the help of the American people that Republicans in the Senate will unite to defund Obamacare.   Together, we can prevent Senator Reid from gutting the continuing resolution that was passed by the House of Representatives.

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