ICYMI: Graves’ Defund Obamacare Act Crosses Hastert Rule Threshold
Majority Of House GOP Supports Bill
Aug 5, 2013 -
In Case You Missed It – In an interview with Breitbart News, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced that his Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682) crossed the threshold of the so-called “Hastert Rule” now that it has support from a majority of House Republicans. As of today, the Defund Obamacare Act has 138 House cosponsors, while the companion legislation in the Senate (S. 1292), introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), has 29 cosponsors.
Rep. Graves: Grassroots Need To Keep Up Pressure To Defund Obamacare
By Matthew Boyle
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) told Breitbart News on Friday that a majority of House Republicans have now signed onto his legislation to defund Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), passing a threshold that meets the informal Hastert Rule that requires a majority of the majority to support legislation before it comes up for a vote.
Since there are 234 GOP members in the House, a total of 117 cosponsors are needed for any piece of legislation to cross the threshold to meet the Hastert Rule.
“The defund Obamacare bill I’ve introduced this year, along with the Senate sponsor Ted Cruz, it’s really been exciting to watch the momentum that’s been building over the past several weeks and months,” Graves said. “The president himself is wanting to delay portions of his own healthcare initiative. The big question Americans are asking right now is why should [they] have to pay for it?"
"The momentum has been incredible and there are more cosponsors every day," [Graves] continued. "What’s really been exciting is the activity from Americans all across the country through Facebook and Twitter and all their social networking, it’s a big issue right now. We’re at a pivotal point in which our main focus is protecting the American family from this destructive law.”
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