Washington, D.C. – Senator Johnson released the following statement on votes taken today in the U.S. Senate.
"The Senate held four votes Friday afternoon on the House of Representatives’ continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
“The first was on whether to proceed to a vote on the resolution. I voted in favor of allowing a vote to defund Obamacare. I oppose Obamacare. I want to see it repealed and replaced. That can happen only if the Senate is actually allowed to proceed to final passage of a bill that does so.
"The second vote was to waive budget “points of order” -- to ignore the fact that the resolution violated current law by exceeding spending caps. I cosponsored an amendment to fix that law-breaking. Majority Leader Harry Reid never even allowed that amendment to get a vote. I voted against letting this violation of the budget law go on.
"The third vote reinstated funding for Obamacare. I voted no. Democrats control the U.S. Senate. Without Democrat votes, defunding efforts failed. Republican efforts to get five Democrat votes failed.
"The final vote was on the resolution as amended. I voted no."