“NO” on Reid Amendment to Strike Defunding Language

Because the Senate has invoked cloture on (H.J.Res.59), Senators will now vote on the Reid substitute amendment #1974, which would gut the essential Obamacare defunding language secured by the House.  Because cloture has already been invoked, the amendment will need just 51 votes to be adopted.

The Heritage Foundation explains total defunding of Obamacare is the most viable solution to preventing any further damage:

The only way for Congress to stop the new entitlements and executive branch spending abuses is to defund all Obamacare implementation efforts across the federal government. Full defunding of Obamacare would halt the law’s new entitlements before they start—and prevent HHS from raiding other parts of the departmental budget to promote Obamacare. Defunding Obamacare would also prevent the application of the law’s new regulations and  18 separate tax increases, including the tax for not complying with the individual mandate.

The need for congressional action is urgent.  On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for Obamacare’s massive new entitlements, including the new federally-subsidized exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.   On January 1, 2014 – three months into the next fiscal year – Obamacare’s new entitlements are scheduled to take effect.  The taxpayers will spend $48 billion in 2014 – and nearly $1.8 trillion through 2023 – on these new entitlement programs.  Additionally, health insurance premiums are skyrocketing across America, and employers are shedding jobs and hours.  The majority of American people oppose Obamacare.  Even many on the Left – including some powerful unions who were once the law’s strongest supporters – have conceded that it is a train wreck.

Heritage Action opposes the Reid Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.


Heritage Action Scorecard
“NO” on Cloture that Facilitates Striking Defund Language (Senate)
“YES” on Continuing Resolution that Defunds Obamacare (House)
Defunding Obamacare: Questions & Answers, Excuses & Responses