I talked to Rep. Meadows twice this afternoon. He is one of thirty Republicans who sent a letter to GOP House leadership to amend the Continuing Resolution (CR) with language to repeal Obamacare. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/03/Conservatives-pushing-Boehner-Cantor-to-defund-Obamacare-in-upcoming-Continuing-Resolution The letter was then sent to the House Rules Committee and denied – meaning no matter what happened on the floor “Repealing Obamacare” would not be allowed to be included in CR amendments.
He did vote FOR the Close Vote (to prohibit amendments) to the CR, because otherwise the CR would be open for amendments for spending increases from the Democrats. The 16 Republicans that voted AGAINST the Close Vote did so with 180 Democrats, but they did so for very different reasons.
Because of recent political discussion with some in Caldwell County, I also asked Meadows again about his position on Obamacare and the AC-T article from November that said he was back peddling on Obamacare. I asked him for clarification. Meadows willingly explained again. He said if the above letter challenging GOP Leadership isn’t enough to prove he is against Obamacare, than maybe H.R.1005 will be enough.
He is currently a co-sponsor of this bill: H.R.1005: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1005 I didn’t see his name listed on the GovTrack website, but he assured me he has spoken to his staff in DC and he is officially named a co-sponsor. His name might not show up online until Monday. If you are on his Congressional email list, you will receive his official, scheduled email tomorrow with this news.
And again for the record, in the Asheville Citizen-Times (AC-T) November article, the reporter slanted the article to make it appear that Meadows was soft on Obamacare when, in fact, he had not. Meadows did say in the article that ‘Obamacare is now the law of the land and that with Obama back in the White House it was not going to be repealed in the next four years.’ His statement was a statement of political fact, not a surrender.
What the reporter left out of the article was that the GOP was re-evaluating their Obamacare strategy after the election. Meadows further commented to me, ‘no one ever planned for Obama to remain in office.’ The GOP discussions had turned to creative ways to defund Obamacare, instead of Repeal. At that time Meadows was still strongly against Obamacare, but without a Republican in the White House repeal was nearly impossible.
My view is that Rep. Meadows is still upholding his campaign promise to repeal Obamacare. Please feel free to comment.
NOTE: Sorry, in the email excerpt teaser I had a typo that said HR1005 would “Defend” Obamacare, I meant “defund” Obamacare. But… you came and read the whole article?
More facebook conversation the next day. People want to excoriate Republicans (TEA Party Republicans) for taking votes they don’t like and apparently don’t understand. These are difficult, no-win votes that appear to us to be simple cut and dry NO votes. Many like to take one small issue within a bill and string-up a politician for “supporting” it. There is so much to these votes: 1) 50 issues within every bill, 2) what passes in the House, cannot get out of committee in the Senate, 3) Obama won’t sign any common sense bills that shrink the size of government, 4) there has been no federal budget since 2009 and CR’s are the only way the federal government is funded. You see how complicated all this can be? My reply to Nicole Revels on my facebook wall is this:
The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a no-win bill for Republicans. The CR continues to fund the entire federal government budget until May, including Obamacare, the military, Medicare, federal payroll, etc…. It funds the federal government at either 2010 or 2011 levels – not new levels. Whatever the House passes, must be able to get through the Senate. Harry Reid stops all Republican bills in committee. Somebody has to vote YES on ugly legislation to keep the gov’t running for short periods of time. Maybe we have to continue this insanity until we also control the Senate? Blame Harry Reid for this mess, not Meadows and other good TEA Party Congressmen.
YOU GUYS are singling out the funding of Obamacare as if the CR is a single issue bill. It’s not!!
March 10, 2013, 10:43pm
As new information comes to light, I’m going to pass it along. Matt Kibee from FreedomWorks warned the GOP about the Close Vote. http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/mkibbe/key-vote-no-on-a-closed-rule-for-the-continuing-re
H.R. 933 contains the Continuing Resolution (CR),… the House Leadership has indicated that the CR will come to the House floor under a “closed rule”, meaning that debate will be limited, and no amendments will be allowed. On a bill which authorizes the government to continue its annually appropriated spending at over a trillion dollars per year, Representatives ought to at least be allowed to have a say in how that spending takes place.
Already, [several] Congressmen… have an amendment which would remove all funding for the implementation of ObamaCare from the CR, and other Members may have other ideas for useful spending reductions that would help reduce our unsustainable deficits and our $16.6 trillion in debt….
I urge you to call your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on a closed rule….
If the House insists upon passing a closed rule, we will count the vote on the rule as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013.