Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to begin debate on the repeal of Obamacare. Yes, this is just a vote to start discussing it – not a vote on the bill itself.
And yet, some of our Senators don’t even want to do that!
Five of them are dubious, with Maine’s Sen. Collins already declaring she will vote no.
The vote, which is to begin about 1:15 Central Time, needs 51 to pass. At 52, Collins’ no vote already puts us just at 51. Should there be a tie, VP Pence would break it.
It is said that Senator McCain is flying from Arizona to vote. Good for him. That ought to shame the other senators, but, unfortunately, it probably won’t.
You can call the balking senators. Or, you can go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact and ask President Trump to sign an executive order making Obamacare applicable to all in Congress. Right now they have opted out of it. Hmm, I wonder why?
Here are numbers:
Senators: Jerry Moran, Dean Heller, Rob Portman, Lisa Murkowski, and Shelley Moore-Capito.
Sen. Lisa Murkoski blocking healthcare bill & refuses to defund Planned Parenthood. 202-224-6665
Sen Dean Heller: 202-224-6244
Sen Shelley M Capito: 202-224-6472
Sen Susan Collins: 202-224-2523
Sen. Mike Lee: 202-224-5444
Sen. Jerry Moran: 202-224-6521
Sen. Rand Paul: 202-224-4343
Sen. Rob Portman: 202-224-3353