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Thune Votes to Defund ObamaCare

Senate Democrats Side With the President Over Struggling Americans

September 27, 2013

Washington, D.C. — 

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) issued a statement today on his vote to defund ObamaCare during the Senate’s consideration of the House-passed continuing resolution (CR):

“It is disappointing that Senate Democrats chose to stand with their party bosses rather than defend middle-class families, workers, and employers who are being crushed by ObamaCare. Health care premiums continue to increase, more and more Americans are losing their health care, and businesses are cutting hours or not hiring—hitting lower-income and middle-class families the hardest. It’s time to give families and the economy a break from ObamaCare by permanently delaying the law for all Americans.”

The House-passed CR included language to keep the government operating through December 15, while also defunding the president’s signature legislation. During Senate consideration of the House-passed CR, the Democrat majority forced a vote on an amendment to reinsert funding for ObamaCare, making every member choose between supporting the president’s disastrous health care law or standing with the majority of Americans who oppose this legislation. Thune voted against this amendment, which marks his 32nd vote to repeal or defund ObamaCare either partially or in its entirety since this law was enacted.