Illinois Review –
WASHINGTON DC – Illinois Tea Party activists are disappointed with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk removing his name from Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) letter threatening to reject any federal budget includes funding for Obamacare in 2014. Earlier this week the group encouraged Illinoisans to thank Kirk for supporting Lee’s efforts.
“After both the Illinois and Chicago Tea Party groups publicly praised and thanked Senator Kirk Wednesday July 24th for agreeing to stand with Senator Mike Lee in defunding Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution, Mr. Kirk reversed his decision to support Senator Lee less than 24 hours later on Thursday July 25th,” C. Steven Tucker of the Illinois Tea Party told Illinois Review Friday.
“No doubt [he did it] after pressure was applied to Senator Kirk by Mitch McConnell. The Illinois Tea Party has contacted Senator Kirk’s office and is requesting a formal response from his office as to why he lost his resolve less than 24 hours later. We could not be more disappointed,” Tucker said.
Tucker, who is outspoken in opposition to the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act, said as each day passes, the chances of stopping Obamacare lessens. Kirk’s decision to withdraw support for Lee’s strategy was serious and could affect the group’s support for Kirk’s re-election in 2016.
“This is our last chance to defund Obamacare before it’s full implementation begins on January 1, 2014. For Senator Kirk to ignore the will of the vast majority of his constituents is, frankly, unforgivable and it will never be forgotten.”