Update 1 (3/5/13 about 5 P.M.) : Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) stated during the Rules Committee that while he likes Rep. Huelskamp and Bridenstine's attempt to defund Obamacare...he stated that he doesn't know "if now is the time for this fight". Question to Mr. Burgess: If not now...when?
Today, the House Rules Committee is likely to pass a closed-rule that does not allow votes on amendments like the one by Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Ron DeSantis, and Tim Huelskamp that would defund Obamacare.
As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on a closed House Rule for the “Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act”, H.R. 933.
H.R. 933 contains the Continuing Resolution (CR), which is used to fund the federal government in the absence of a budget, since the Senate has failed to pass a budget resolution for nearly four years. But currently, the House Leadership has indicated that the CR will come to the House floor under a “closed rule”, meaning that debate will be limited, and no amendments will be allowed. On a bill which authorizes the government to continue its annually appropriated spending at over a trillion dollars per year, Representatives ought to at least be allowed to have a say in how that spending takes place.
Already, Congressmen Huelskamp (KS-1), DeSantis (FL-6) and Bridenstine (OK-1) have an amendment which would remove all funding for the implementation of ObamaCare from the CR, and other Members may have other ideas for useful spending reductions that would help reduce our unsustainable deficits and our $16.6 trillion in debt. But for these amendments to see the light of day, Leadership needs to allow the bill to the floor under an open rule, in which amendments are allowed.
I urge you to call your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on a closed rule for the “Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act”, H.R. 933.
If the House insists upon passing a closed rule, we will count the vote on the rule as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.
In fact, once upon a time, Speaker Boehner supported having an open rule, and he attacked the Democrats for having a "martial law" in the House of Representatives. Wtach this video because not only does it show his team being hypocrites, but it also shows the importance of a rule: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRiRD9DBUrk
Now where is Speaker Boehner and his team? They are now supporting a closed rule. We join with conservatives in urging an open rule, but if the Committee decides today to have a closed rule, then TRUE CONSERVATIVES in the House must OPPOSE the rule tomorrow. Call your members of congress and urge a "NO" vote! Banding together, conservatives can defeat this rule and defund Obamacare.
Republicans in the House are going to pass a continuing resolution in which they will endorse Obamacare and its funding. That is a fact. Congressmen like Jim Jordan (OH), Tom Graves(GA), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tom Cotton (AR), Raul Labrador(ID) and so many others conservatives will probably vote for the rule to ensure the continuing resolution passes, then vote against it on the floor to claim they really did not endorse Obamacare.
But they will have enabled it and ensured it passed and Republicans in Congress will have ensured Obamacare never goes away. They will, like with the Violence Against Women Act, talk out of both sides of their mouths and hope you ignore one vote and believe another.
The only way to stop them is to raise unmitigated hell immediately. Call your Republican members of Congress now.
Tomorrow, WE the people will learn which representatives are the true conservatives and which ones are just CINOs (Conservatives In Name Only). Because those who won't fight to defund Obamacare (as unpopular as it is) will never fight to end the Department of Education or Energy. If they won't fight now, they will never fight to repeal Dodd-Frank. If they don't fight now, they will never fight on anything meaningful. The time is now, and the House GOP MUST fight!