Ted Cruz http://wfpl.org en U.S. Senator Dan Coats Says After Taking Big Hit, GOP Should Unify and Focus on Deficit Talks http://wfpl.org/post/us-senator-dan-coats-says-after-taking-big-hit-gop-should-unify-and-focus-deficit-talks <p>Returning to Indiana this week, Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats says he disagreed with the strategy led by Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers such as Ted Cruz to de-fund the president’s health care law.</p><p>Coats has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act and introduced <a href="http://www.coats.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/coats-introduces-bill-to-delay-obamacare-mandates-until-2015">legislation to delay the law's mandates</a>.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:21:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7304 at http://wfpl.org U.S. Senator Dan Coats Says After Taking Big Hit, GOP Should Unify and Focus on Deficit Talks Matt Bevin Praises Ted Cruz, Slams Mitch McConnell on Defunding Obamacare Fight http://wfpl.org/post/matt-bevin-praises-ted-cruz-slams-mitch-mcconnell-defunding-obamacare-fight <p>A group of Tea Party and conservative activists rallied outside of Republican Leader Mitch McConnell&rsquo;s Louisville office, calling for the defunding of the president&rsquo;s health care law.</p><p>Joined by U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, over a dozen demonstrators spoke in <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/watch-live-sen-ted-cruzs-senate-floor-speech">support of Republican Ted Cruz of Texas</a>, who held a nearly 24-hour marathon talk on the Senate floor to oppose the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>But <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/urging-senate-democrats-join-defund-obamacare-fight-mcconnell-rejects-cruzs-plan">McConnell disagreed with Cruz&#39;s tactic</a> to block a federal spending bill that takes out funding Obamacare in order to keep Senate Democrats from amending the measure.</p><p>Instead, McConnell supports having a majority vote to defund the health care law while pressuring Democrats to join the GOP caucus.</p><p>Saying the GOP establishment needs to do more those rallying in downtown Louisville took McConnell&#39;s leadership to task, however.</p><p>&quot;I can&rsquo;t understand why Mitch McConnell won&rsquo;t wake up and realize that (Obama) is trying to destroy us and destroy Kentucky. He&rsquo;s the mouthpiece that not only we have but he represents the Republican Party in all of the United States right now,&quot; says Dan Johnson, a bishop at Heart of Fire Church in Louisville. &quot;And if he don&rsquo;t get off of his butt and get up and do what&rsquo;s right, if he has any heart for the American people he will not fund Obamcare. It&#39;s time to defund Obamacare, it&#39;s time America is heard and this needs to end today.&quot;</p><p>The tactical disagreement in the GOP has been a divisive fight that was brought more to the surface by Cruz, who implicitly criticized leaders in both parties for not heeding the public&#39;s apprehensions about the health care law.</p><p>McConnell is maintaining Republican senators are united against funding the health care law, and would much rather talk about the Democrats. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:13:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6972 at http://wfpl.org Matt Bevin Praises Ted Cruz, Slams Mitch McConnell on Defunding Obamacare Fight Urging Senate Democrats to Join Defund Obamacare Fight, McConnell Rejects Cruz's Plan http://wfpl.org/post/urging-senate-democrats-join-defund-obamacare-fight-mcconnell-rejects-cruzs-plan <p>Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell cut ties with Sen. Ted <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/09/cruz-filibuster-house-bill-obamacare">Cruz's threat</a> to use a filibuster against a bill with language defunding the president's health care law.</p><p>Facing <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOeqPYtQhUA&amp;feature=youtu.be">increasing criticism from conservative groups</a> and a primary opponent, McConnell argued Senate Democrats need to join the effort in order to take out funding for Obamacare while avoiding a <a href="/post/8-things-know-about-government-shutdown">government shutdown.</a></p><p>"I just don’t happen to think filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare," McConnell said. "All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded. And none of us want that."</p><p>The House passed a spending measure to fund the federal government past Oct. 1, but it does not pay for the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Cruz is urging the GOP caucus to vote against that legislation because Democrats have indicated they will amend it to restore the health care law's funding. He argues any vote to bring the bill to the Senate floor is in effective supporting Obamacare as a whole.</p><p>Rather than focus on GOP infighting, McConnell proposed Democrats ought to join the effort to defund the law by having a simple majority vote on the House bill.</p><p>"Democrats have been hearing the same complaints about Obamacare the rest of us have. The spotlight should really be on them. This is a rare opportunity to defund the law with a simple majority. We should have that vote," he said.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:34:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6956 at http://wfpl.org Urging Senate Democrats to Join Defund Obamacare Fight, McConnell Rejects Cruz's Plan