Chad’s Morning Brief: The Latest in the Battle Over Obamacare, Texas to Roll Out Mobile Stations to Process Voter IDs, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 25, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
Ted Cruz Speaks and The House May Have a Plan
17 Hours and counting. Senator Ted Cruz started speaking yesterday at 1:40pm our time yesterday and was joined by a few other Senators including Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio. Cruz has spoken about the dangers of Obamacare but also spoke about politicians who say one thing at townhall meetings, but when they go back to Washington they don’t act. That is something we have talked about before on the show and will talk about today.
According to Politico, the House may attach a one year delay to Obamacare which could mean a government shutdown.
The House Republican leadership is seriously considering attaching a one-year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the Senate bill to avert a government shutdown, according to senior GOP aides.
If House Republicans decide to go this route, it would all but provoke a government shutdown, since Senate Democrats might not even schedule a vote on a bill that includes that provision, Senate leadership staffers say. Even if the Senate schedules a vote, there might not be time to move the legislation through the slow-moving chamber.
The House Republican leadership is planning its next move as it becomes abundantly clear that Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) gambit to defund Obamacare will fall short. The federal government is set to shut down Tuesday unless a new funding bill is enacted, and the Senate might not even send a bill to the House until Sunday — leaving a hot potato on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) lap hours before a government shutdown. The Senate bill will fund the government through Nov. 15.
Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team have been preparing options to present to House Republicans when they return on Wednesday from a brief recess. The process, leadership aides say, will be driven by members of the House Republican Conference. Their first closed party meeting is Thursday.
Several different tactics are under discussion within the top levels of House GOP leadership, and the path Republicans choose depends on several factors — chiefly the mood of rank-and-file Republicans when they return to Washington, and when the House gets the continuing resolution or CR back from the Senate.
For example, if there isn’t time to send a funding bill back to the Senate without shutting down the government, House Republicans might simply pass the Senate’s version of the legislation, and reserve their attacks on Obamacare for future pieces of legislation like a debt-ceiling increase. House Republicans begin their quest to lift the debt limit this week, with a similar delay of the health care law attached. This comes after the House passed a CR completely defunding Obamacare.
I must say it’s good to see Republican leadership actually prepare to fight on this. We will see if they actually follow through.
If Senator Cruz is still speaking come show time, we will dip in and out of the audio.
Voter ID Mobile Units
Liberals love to complain about how hard it is for people to get an ID to vote, even though it’s not. DPS has already said Voter ID’s would be free and that DPS offices would extend hours. If that’s not enough though, DPS will now roll out mobile units according to the Texas Tribune.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday it is offering another way for potential voters to obtain a photo ID needed to vote.
Twenty-five mobile locations will begin processing the election identification certificates on Oct. 1. The documents, which are free for applicants who meet voter requirements and show proof of identity and citizenship, are also available at driver’s license offices.
Tuesday’s announcement follows a DPS decision two weeks ago to extend the hours of about 50 driver’s license offices to include Saturday to encourage more citizens to apply for the documents.
Offering the documents is a requirement of the state’s Senate Bill 14, which mandates voters furnish a photo ID before voting. The law, passed in 2011, took effect after a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year allowed its implementation.
In June, the agency began processing the voter ID certificates, which are valid for six years and can only be used for voter identification. As of Sept. 6, only eight had been issued.
I’m sure Democrats will complain that these mobile units and mobile enough.
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