TCC Letter Urging TX Congressional Delegation to Defund Obamacare

September 24, 2013


Dear Senators Cornyn and Cruz and Texas Members of the House of Representatives:

Representing the State of Texas, with its 26 million people, we write at this most urgent hour for you to do all that you can to defund Obamacare and fund the federal government.

We have done all that we can to help stop Obamacare from harming Texans: 1) we refused to create the Obamacare health exchanges; and 2) we refused to expand the Medicaid program under the false pretense of taking federal money now, while burdening taxpayers with millions of dollars in new costs later.

But some of the most pernicious parts of Obamacare can only be stopped at the federal level.  Only you can stop the federal government from enforcing the individual mandate; only you can stop the government from creating a new budget-busting entitlement that will drive up the cost of insurance around the country; only you can stop the federal bureaucrats from drafting and imposing thousands of pages of red tape; and only you can stop the federal government from destroying the quality of our health care system.

Therefore, we applaud the action by the United States House of Representatives on Friday, September 20, 2013, to pass a bill that defunds Obamacare and funds the government.

Next, it is up to Senators Cornyn and Cruz to hold the line and make sure Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not use procedural tricks to strip the defunding language from the House bill.

We know that Republican Senators will need continued support from the Republican-led House to prevent Democrats from funding Obamacare. Together, we can prevail.

Remember the spirit of so many Texans, who have fought much worse odds in the past: stay strong, stay resolute, and do not give in.



Sen. Brian Birdwell Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Craig Estes Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Kelly Hancock Sen. Glenn Hegar
Sen. Jane Nelson Sen. Dan Patrick
Sen. Ken Paxton Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Larry Taylor Sen. Tommy Williams
Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr.
Rep. Dennis Bonnen Rep. Greg Bonnen
Rep. Cindy Burkett Rep. Angie Chen Button
Rep. Bill Callegari Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
Rep. Stefani Carter Rep. Myra Crownover
Rep. Tony Dale Rep. Gary Elkins
Rep. Pat Fallon Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Allen Fletcher Rep. Dan Flynn
Rep. James Frank Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Craig Goldman Rep. Patricia Harless
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown Rep. Harvey Hilderbran
Rep. Bryan Hughes Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Phil King Rep. Susan King
Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt Rep. Stephanie Klick
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst Rep. Matt Krause
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg Rep. George Lavender
Rep. Jeff Leach Rep. Tryon Lewis
Rep. Doug Miller Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Geanie W. Morrison Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. Larry Phillips Rep. John Raney
Rep. Debbie Riddle Rep. Scott Sanford
Rep. Matt Schaefer Rep. Ralph Sheffield
Rep. Ron Simmons Rep. Wayne Smith
Rep. Drew Springer Rep. Van Taylor
Rep. Ed Thompson Rep. Steve Toth
Rep. Scott Turner Paul Workman
Rep. Bill Zedler Rep. Tan Parker
Rep. Jonathan Stickland