Conservative groups urge Republicans to vote against funding ObamaCare

The legislative trickery being employed by House Republicans to avoid a showdown on ObamaCare funding has pushed conservative organizations to ramp up efforts to urge members to vote against an upcoming stop-gap spending bill.

It was revealed on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would push a stop-gap, known as a Continuing Resolution, later this week as well as a separate resolution that would defund ObamaCare.

The latter resolution would allow members to say that they voted to deny funding to the unpopular law while avoiding a feared government shutdown, even though it will almost certainly be shot down by the Senate, sending a clean bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

But conservative groups are having none of this. The Club for Growth, which previously blasted the move, announced yesterday that they would key vote the rule under which the Continuing Resolution will be brought to the floor, urging members to vote “no.”

“For several weeks now, the Club has urged lawmakers to defund ObamaCare in the FY14 continuing resolution,” wrote Andrew Roth, vice president for Government Affairs at the Club for Growth, in an email to members of Congress. “Rather than fight to defund ObamaCare, or to even have an honest debate about it, House leaders have decided to go with a ‘smoke and mirrors’ strategy that avoids the issue. Therefore, we urge lawmakers to oppose the rule.”

“Our Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public,” he added.

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola urged Republicans to “simply do what they say they are for by passing a Continuing Resolution that doesn’t fund Obamacare.”

FreedomWorks, a grassroots service center with more than 6 million members, slammed procedural move by Republican leaders in a statement issued yesterday afternoon.

“This is a classic ‘Boehner bait-and-switch’ that allows House Republicans to blink on ObamaCare funding, while telling their constituents the opposite,” said Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks. “The entire purpose of the Lee-Meadows letters was to link the defunding of ObamaCare to the best leverage the Republicans have, the continuing resolution.”

“Speaker Boehner is giving the Senate a ‘hall pass’ to separate the two, inevitably funding ObamaCare as a result,” added Kibbe.

FreedomWorks announced last week that they would key vote “no” any Continuing Resolution that didn’t defund ObamaCare.

The grassroots organization also released a poll yesterday showing that 82% of Republicans support a stop-gap spending measure that defunds ObamaCare, which they say serves as a warning to House Republicans thinking about voting to fund ObamaCare.

The vote on the Continuing Resolution could take place as early as Thursday, giving concerned constituents and grassroots activists just hours to put pressure on their representatives in Washington.


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