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Graves’ Bill to Defund Obamacare Gathering Steam

Rep. Tom Graves
In the wake of strong support from grassroots conservatives and organizations, such as The Club for Growth and Heritage Action, Representative Tom Graves’ H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, is beginning to look like the preferred alternative to the House Republican leadership’s plan to offer a phony vote to defund Obamacare, while leaving the final decision in the hands of Obama’s liberal allies in the Senate.

“The Club for Growth strongly supports the legislation offered by Congressman Tom Graves to save America from Obamacare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Obamacare has already done immeasurable damage to economic growth, and even labor unions like the AFL-CIO think that it should be repealed. Republicans, Democrats, and independents are united in opposition to this horrible piece of legislation and momentum is building to stop it.”

H.J.Res. 62 is a straight continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare while funding the rest of the government at sequestration levels as conservatives have demanded.

In introducing H.J.Res. 62 Graves said, “After weeks of working with and listening to members on how to approach the government funding deadline, it’s clear that House Republicans are united around two goals: keeping the government open and protecting our constituents from the harmful effects of Obamacare.”

Graves began the effort with 42 cosponsors, including many influential House conservatives.

“This plan is straightforward. We will achieve long-term stability by funding the government for the next fiscal year. Additionally, the resolution includes the three House-passed appropriations bills that affect our national security and our veterans. Our troops, their families and our veterans should not have their priorities put on hold,” Graves said in a statement announcing the bill introduction. “Finally, our plan will achieve fairness for every American by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015. This approach builds upon the Obama Administration’s policy of delaying portions of Obamacare and relieves taxpayers of the burden of funding a program that is not being implemented.”

Read the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution here and a summary provided by Congressman Graves is below.

Stability: Keeps the government open for FY2014.

· A Continuing Resolution for FY2014 for the nine non-security bills, with overall spending for the entire bill, security and non-security, at the post-sequestration number of $967.4 billion.

Security: Prioritizes funding for national security and veterans.

· Includes the Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills for FY2014 as passed by the House.

Fairness: Provides healthcare fairness and taxpayer relief by defunding and delaying Obamacare until 2015.

We like Graves’ approach, but the real fight won’t be the vote on Graves’ H.J. Res 62 – that will likely pass with no problem if it is brought to the floor by the House Republican leadership. Our concern is what happens when the establishment Republicans and Democrats in the Senate vote it down, as they surely will.

When the “defund CR” fails in the Senate, as it is likely to, is when the real test of Republican mettle in this fight begins – because that’s when the threat of a government shutdown becomes real.

This would put the heat back on Speaker Boehner and we remain concerned that with as many as 40 limited government constitutional conservatives in the House saying they will never vote for a CR with Obamacare in it Boehner will turn to the Democrats for the votes needed to pass the Continuing Resolution and avoid shutting down the government in a confrontation over Obamacare.

Here is the list of Cosponsors (and the date they signed-on) of Congressman Graves’ H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution to defund Obamacare:


Rep Jordan, Jim [OH-4] - 9/12/2013

Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Southerland, Steve II [FL-2] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Labrador, Raul R. [ID-1] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Salmon, Matt [AZ-5] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Hudson, Richard [NC-8] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5] - 9/12/2013 

Rep DeSantis, Ron [FL-6] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Schweikert, David [AZ-6] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Perry, Scott [PA-4] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Messer, Luke [IN-6] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Huelskamp, Tim [KS-1] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Daines, Steve [MT] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-8] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] - 9/12/2013 

Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Stewart, Chris [UT-2] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Cotton, Tom [AR-4] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Radel, Trey [FL-19] - 9/16/2013 

Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Reed, Tom [NY-23] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Williams, Roger [TX-25] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Wenstrup, Brad R. [OH-2] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Gibbs, Bob [OH-7] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 9/16/2013 

Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] - 9/17/2013 

Rep LaMalfa, Doug [CA-1] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Rothfus, Keith J. [PA-12] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 9/17/2013 

Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] - 9/17/2013 

Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] - 9/18/2013 

Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] - 9/18/2013

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