Senators Mitch McConnell R-Ky, and John Cornyn both announced that they will support the cloture bill to fund the government, including a provision that allows amendments to be added. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV, will no doubt use the procedure to add an amendment that funds Obamacare back into the House bill.
Apparently, the tow GOP Senate leaders are using their leadership influence to pressure other Republican senators into supporting the cloture bill when it comes up for a vote later this week.
Earlier in the year, both senators voted to fund Obamacare, but under pressure from grassroots conservatives, they pledged to defund Obamacare, even running ads in their home states saying as much.
Senator Mitch McConnell is already in the political fight of his life, with a serious primary challenger – Matt Bevin – who is sure to win the backing of Senate Conservatives Fund and other conservative grassroots. Then, even if he wins, he will go on to face a Democratic challenger who may have hit her ceiling of support in Kentucky, but it is still more support than McConnell is able to muster. The latest round of polling has him trailing Allison Lundergan 46% – 40%.
In an email, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins, said the move the “ultimate betrayal” and called McConnell and Cornyn “turncoats.” They are asking supporters to “burn up the phones” across the country. If you would like to do so, or know where your senator stands, then here is an updated Whip List for cloture.