After both the Illinois and Chicago Tea Party groups publicly praised and thanked Senator Mark Kirk on Wednesday July 24th for agreeing to stand with Senator Mike Lee in defunding Obamacare in the coming Continuing Resolution, Mr. Kirk reversed his decision to support Senator Lee less than 24 hours later on Thursday July 25th. No doubt Senator Kirk made this decision after pressure was applied to him by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
We contacted Senator Kirk’s office on Thursday July 25th, requesting a formal response from his office as to why he lost his resolve less than 24 hours later. As of Monday, July 29th, no such response has been received from Senator Kirk’s office. We could not be more disappointed.
Since Senator Kirk has chosen to ignore the Illinois Tea Party’s request, we are now asking for your help. Please contact Senator Kirk via his website his Facebook page and his Twitter account and respectfully, but firmly, remind him that we need him to rejoin Senator Lee’s effort to defund Obamacare in the coming Continuing Resolution on 9/30/2013. Senator Kirk can also be reached via his offices in:
- Washington, DC
The coming Continuing Resolution is our last change to defund Obamacare before it’s full implementation. Excuses used by Republicans in the past such as “We don’t need to take a stand now because the Supreme Court will repeal Obamacare” or “We don’t need to take a stand now because President Obama won’t be reelected” are no longer valid. If not defunded on 9/30/2013, Obamacare will be fully implemented beginning as early as 10/1/2013 when Obamacare health insurance exchanges open around the country.
Lastly, the narrative from the Left, and from establishment Republicans, is that Senator Lee is calling for a ‘government shut down’. Senator Lee said his intention is not to shut down the government. It’s about resisting a President that is selectively enforcing the law, something beyond his executive powers.
“I don’t want a government shut down,” Senator Lee told The Washington Examiner. “A government shut down would be irresponsible and it would be unnecessary in this circumstance. It would be very unfortunate if Democrats were so insistent on funding the administration in its selective enforcement of this law, which the administration has admitted it isn’t prepared to implement and enforce. So, they shouldn’t do that and it’s a shame on them if they do.”
“The fact is that we can delay this bill, maybe we can’t repeal it right now, but we can delay its funding. And if we can delay it, we can stop its consequences, at least for now. And we have to do that. There are many of us who were elected specifically with this mandate, that we’ve got to stop this law. We have an even stronger reason to do that now because the president has said he is not going to enforce it. He is not ready to enforce. And so, he is going to selectively implement the law. Holding hardworking Americans to the fire, subjecting them to these horrendous fines, while simultaneously exempting big business, that’s not fair. It’s not right, and we shouldn’t fund that effort.” – Senator Mike Lee
Watch Senator Lee discuss the process of defunding Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday – July 28, 2013.