The House bill from Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) to defund the Affordable Care Act now has 100 cosponsors, according to a press release from the congressman’s office.
Graves’s bill reached the milestone just 19 days after he and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) launched the effort. The 100th cosponsor was a member of GOP leadership: Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), the vice chair of the GOP conference.
“Our 100 House cosponsors are backed by millions of Americans who want relief from Obamacare,” Graves said in a statement announcing the milestone.
Families and individuals want to know why they still have to pay for and be punished by the law while businesses and special interests get a break. Congress has the power to right this wrong if we choose not to fund the law. I thank Vice Chair Jenkins and all the other cosponsors of the Defund Obamacare Act for joining what might be the last, best chance to stop the law and lift this burden off the backs of our constituents.
Cruz’s companion bill in the Senate has 29 cosponsors, and he, Graves, and Lee are planning to use them as vehicles to attach the defunding effort to the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) legislation that funds the federal government. If their plan succeeds, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will need to decide: shut the government down to protect the controversial healthcare legislation or accept the Republican plan to defund it.