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2010 Election Richard Falknor on 12 Jul 2010 06:37 pm

Obamacare Repealer: Members Must Sign Discharge Petition

UPDATE JULY 14! Kudos to Virginia Republican Representative Robert Wittman and veteran Virginia Republican appropriator Frank Wolf who signed (scroll down) the Discharge Petition.  Maryland conservatives will want to urge Democrat Frank Kratovil, and Virginia conservatives will want to urge Democrats Glenn Nye and Rick Boucher to sign the Discharge Petition.  The three Democrats voted against Obamacare on final passage.  Signing the Discharge Petition will give the three members an opportunity to restate their opposition to that freedom-denying legislation.

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“Republicans just need to sign a repeal bill, bring forth a discharge petition, use the discharge petition as a litmus test against Blue Dog Democrats in the November elections, win back a majority, pass a repeal bill in the new Congress, endure Obama’s inevitable veto of it, shut off the funding for the 2011 and 2012 enactment of Obamacare, and, finally, elect a new president in 2012.” Representative Steve King

National Review on Line’s (NRO) Ramesh Ponnuru two weeks ago wrote  – –

“NRO editorialized recently that the basic House Republican health-care strategy this year should have three facets. First, House Republicans should co-sponsor a simple, straightforward repeal bill. Second, Republican challengers should urge Democratic incumbents—especially those who voted against Obamacare—to co-sponsor the bill as well. Third, Republicans should continue to promote alternative health-care reforms such as tax credits, interstate purchase, and so forth. While the party’s message should include a ‘replace’ component, its legislative tactics this year should focus on repeal.

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Republican challengers need to pressure Democratic incumbents, especially the ones who voted against Obamacare, to support repeal. (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Readers are encouraged to consider all of Ponnuru’s well-reasoned piece.

Here is our paraphrase of how some key conservative voices are explaining the nuts and bolts of why we want all our Republican House members – – and those Democratic members who trumpet their vote against Obamacare – – to sign the discharge petition now – –

With a repeal bill unlikely to come to the House floor this year, the next best thing is discharge petition #11.  If this discharge petition gets signed by 218 members, then Speaker Pelosi would be forced to bring H.R. 4972 to the House floor for an up or down vote on repealing Obamacare. The discharge petition also provides concerned citizens and grassroots groups a single legislative target to focus their attention.

Tea Partiers and conservatives in Virginia and Maryland should take pains to be sure that all their Republican U. S. Representatives, and those Maryland (Frank Kratovil) and Virginia Democrats (Rick Boucher and Gerald Nye) who voted against Obamacare don’t stray from the fold at this crucial time.

Here is a July 1 link listing the 109 House members who have already signed Mr. King’s discharge petition.  Members are now returning after the July 4th recess, and the House will meet tomorrow July 13 at 2 PM.

Maryland and Virginia: In addition to Democratic members Mr. Kratovil, Mr. Nye, and Mr. Boucher, two Republicans (from Virginia) who have not yet signed are Frank Wolf and Robert Wittman.

They all should sign the discharge petition allowing Steve King’s simple Obamacare repealer to come to the House floor for a vote.

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