Graves Amendment to Defund, Stall ObamaCare Until After 2014 Elections – It’s a Good Thing!

Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14th) has introduced H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security, and Fairness Resolution of 2013 which defunds all discretionary spending on ObamaCare and delays implementation of mandatory spending for one year. It does not ‘repeal’ ObamaCare. It stops it cold for one year, with no government shutdown, unless Harry Reid chooses not to co-operate, and yes it would be the fault of Democrats if a shutdown ensues. The future goal to repeal. If this works, it gives us the 2014 elections to add conservatives in the House and Senate to facilitate the complete repeal.

(L-R) Rep. Tom Graves, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee

With a divided GOP majority, it is lauded as the only way to bring Republicans together. It will disallow any Obama attempts to “waive” certain aspects of the bill for certain classes of citizens (unions, corporations that have supported him and special interests).

Most importantly, it thwarts Obama’s cunning little plan to make everything all sweetness and light for Democrats trying to gain new seats or keep the ones they have in 2014:

Politically, the one-year delay will allow voters to render their verdict on the health care law via the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans can run on repeal, Democrats can run on keeping the law. With the employer mandate already delayed by Obama, and the state exchanges not yet ready for primetime, for all parties involved, this outcome is the best that could be hoped for considering the circumstances. Read more at

Both Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are behind the Graves proposal:

“As it relates to Obamacare, it would accomplish exactly what Sen. Cruz has advocated from the beginning — to fund the government without funding Obamacare. It is an important step forward, we hope the House quickly acts to stop Obamacare,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Daily Caller, noting that Cruz is still reviewing the legislation in its entirety.

The House should pass this legislation immediately and send it to the Senate. ~ Mike Lee

“This is exactly what we’ve been talking about from day one,” Lee’s communications director Brian Phillips told TheDC. “There has never, ever, ever been any proposal from Ted Cruz or Mike Lee to shut down the functions of government. That was just the media. There’s no sneaky vote.” Source: The Daily Caller

The following is the pertinent part of the Graves Resolution. Read the entire language here.

Sec. 114. (a) Limitation on Funding the Affordable Care Act- Notwithstanding any other provision of law–

(1) none of the funds made available by this joint resolution or any other Act may be used to carry out Public Law 111-148 or title I or subtitle B of title II of Public Law 111-152 (including any amendment made by such Act, title, or subtitle, respectively) during any fiscal year;

(2) any funds provided by such Act, title, or subtitle for fiscal year 2014 are rescinded; and

(3) any funds so provided for fiscal year 2015 shall not be available for obligation until January 1, 2015.

(b) Delay in Implementation of the Affordable Care Act- No provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) or title I and subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), or of the amendments made by either such Act, shall have effect until December 31, 2014.

Rep. Graves came to the House in January 2013, as did Senator Cruz. Senator Lee arrived in 2011. All three deserve great praise for their leadership in representing the voices of the people from sea-to-shining sea.

If Boehner and Cantor attempt to derail this, their ass(ets) should be grass. This is the time (and the time is very, very short) to show us how committed our elected officials are to defending the “security” and “stability” of the U.S. We need Defending Fathers. Step-it up NOW.

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