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Letter to The Editor: Barrasso Voted for Obamacare, Must Go

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013


Senator Barrasso talks a good fight against Obamacare, but when it really counted, he voted for Obamacare. Senator Barrasso's demonstrated lack of judgment and lack of conservative backbone in this one vote require his ouster. Wyoming is solidly against Obamacare, and John Barrasso no longer represents Wyoming.

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Senate voted 79-19 for cloture to expedite amendments to next year's first appropriations bill. John Barrasso stood against Senate conservatives like Ted Cruz, and he voted with Harry Reid in favor of cloture. In doing so, Barrasso voted to give Senate Democrats a green light to allow funding for Obamacare.

Those who follow national politics recall Senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour filibuster speech in the Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cruz was right to stand against cloture on House Resolution 59. Denying cloture on 59 was the conservative's best chance to stop funding for Obamacare. Resolution 59 was the House-passed appropriations bill, and it banned funding for Obamacare. If the bill were to have survived unchanged, it would have made a practical stop to Obamacare. Clearly, Resolution 59 was the right bill.

Senator Cruz's purpose was to usher 59 through the Senate unchanged. Cruz's approach was simple math: if Republicans in the Senate denied cloture on 59, they would only need 41 votes to stop bad amendments to the bill. If cloture passed, they would need 51 votes to stop bad amendments. Cruz had it right, that any Senator seriously opposed to Obamacare would vote no to cloture and give conservatives a chance at preserving the original version of Resolution 59.

In the end, Senator Barrasso parted company with Wyoming and gave Obamacare a helpful nudge. Barrasso voted for cloture and against the 19 conservatives in the Senate. I am grateful that Wyoming had one conservative voice, as Senator Michael Enzi held the line and voted with conservatives. To Senator Enzi, thank you! To Senator Barrasso, Wyoming conservatives look forward to helping a conservative into your seat and helping you back into private life.

Mark Ver Burg


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