Actually, Senate GOP can’t filibuster to defund Obamacare

Actually, Senate GOP can’t filibuster to defund Obamacare

Senate Republicans, along with GOP lawmakers in the House, know that Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues don’t have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare. They don’t even have the votes — 41 in the Senate — to successfully filibuster a resolution that does fund Obamacare. But some had hoped that Cruz & Co. could at least stage an old-fashioned talking filibuster — like Sen. Rand Paul’s March filibuster against U.S. drone policy — that would at least be a high-profile symbol of Republican opposition to the president’s national health care law.

Now, it turns out they can’t even do that. “We won’t have an opportunity to filibuster,” says a Senate Republican aide. “It’s going to be a simple majority vote.”

As the aide explained it, when the House passes a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare and sends it to the Senate, several things will happen. There will be cloture votes on a motion to proceed and a motion to actually take up the defunding resolution.

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