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Senator Blunt’s Statement On Vote To Keep The Government Open

Senator Votes to Defund ObamaCare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today regarding the House-passed continuing resolution (CR):

“In the House and Senate, I’ve repeatedly voted to defund, repeal, and delay President Obama’s health care law. I believe there is growing evidence that it will not work.

“This week, I’ll continue that fight by supporting the House-passed continuing resolution, which defunds ObamaCare and keeps the government open without increasing federal spending. I will vote to begin debate on this bill and move to final passage on the House-passed CR. I will also vote against any attempts by the Majority Leader to restore funding for ObamaCare.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle face an important decision this week: They can stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who have rejected ObamaCare, or they can stand with Leader Reid and President Obama. I hope Senate Democrats will work with Republicans to defund this flawed law and replace it with common-sense health care solutions.”

While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Blunt voted against the passage of ObamaCare and led Republican efforts to develop common-sense alternatives.

Since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Blunt has taken at least 29 votes to defund, repeal, and delay the president’s health care overhaul – including votes on the floor and in the Appropriations Committee.

Senator Blunt’s most recent efforts include:

• On July 17, 2013, Blunt joined Senate Republican Leadership in calling for votes on both the employer and individual mandate delays.

• On July 11, 2013, Blunt co-sponsored legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) to defund ObamaCare.

• On July 11, 2013, Blunt co-sponsored amendments introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kan.) to delay the individual and employer ObamaCare mandates.

• On July 10, 2013, Blunt joined his colleagues in sending a letter and participated in a press conference calling on President Obama to permanently delay ObamaCare for all Americans.

• On July 9, 2013, Blunt spoke on the Senate floor regarding the president’s flawed health care law.

• March 13 2013, Blunt voted for an amendment to the CR to defund ObamaCare, which was also introduced by Senator Cruz, in addition to seven other budget-related ObamaCare votes.

• On April 5, 2011, Blunt voted to repeal the costly “1099” mandate created by ObamaCare.

• On February 2, 2012, Blunt called on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) to allow for a vote to repeal the “Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act” (CLASS Act).  Blunt also co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to repeal the CLASS Act introduced by U.S. Senator John Thune (S.D.), and voted for repeal of the CLASS Act, which was included in the fiscal cliff deal that was voted on January 1, 2013.

• On February 2, 2011, one of the first votes Blunt took in the Senate was to repeal ObamaCare.