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Defund Obamacare? GOP Factions at Odds (And I Agree with Both) Link Fixed

By September 25, 2013

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(Note: Link Fixed) The "Defund Obamacare" movement is a plan led by US Senator Ted Cruz that would present a bill to continuing funding the government as it runs out of money once again. The basic set-up is this: the US House of Representatives passed a bill that prioritizes Obamacare out of existence. Ted Cruz wants the Senate to take up that bill, but he also wants to prevent the Democrats from simply re-instating the funding and refusing debate and amendments from the conservative side. The Senate Democrats also want to avoid placing their members in a bind by having to vote on amendments that will make them look bad ahead of an upcoming election. Instead, the US Senate wants to quickly pass the bill with minimal changes and hash out the remaining details behind closed doors with the House of Representatives. Now, the only votes they are forced to take are on bi-partisan measures. Both the defund and anti-defund factions of the GOP make some valid points. Below are two from each side. (Though those I call the "anti-defunders" here technically support the defund Obamacare bill, they don't believe taking it to the next level. Instead, it's more of a base-pleasing maneuver.) Continue Reading

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