The 25 Republican Senators That Voted For Cloture

A vote in favor of cloture was a vote to cut off all debate on the House budget bill that would have defunded Obamacare. The following vote was to pass the bill providing the language to defund Obamacare was stripped from it. Cloture required 60 votes to pass, while passing the bill only require 51 votes. As we know the Democrats hold the majority in the Senate, but without Republican support they would not have the 60 votes needed for cloture.

By voting yes on cloture and no on stripping the language to defund out of the House budget bill, these senators ultimately sided with Harry Reid to provide him the ability to save Obamacare. In the process, they created the opportunity to lie to their constituents by saying that they voted for the bill to defund Obamacare, when in reality in the cloture vote that mattered these senators did the exact opposite. Bear these things in mind when next deciding who to vote for on your ballot.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reelection 2014 John Cornyn (R-TX) reelection 2014
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) reelection 2016 Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reelection 2014
John Barrasso (R-WY) reelection 2018 John Hoeven (R-ND) reelection 2016
Roy Blunt (R-MO) reelection 2016 Johnny Isakson (R-GA) reelection 2016
John Boozman (R-AR) reelection 2016 Mike Johanns (R-NE) reelection 2014
Richard Burr (R-NC) reelection 2016 Ron Johnson (R-WI) reelection 2016
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) reelection 2014 Mark Kirk (R-IL) reelection 2016
Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) reelection 2018 John McCain (R-AZ) reelection 2016
Dan Coats (R-IN) reelection 2016 Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reelection 2014
Tom Coburn (R-OK) reelection 2016 Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK) reelection 2014
Thad Cochran (R-MS) reelection 2014 John Thune (R-SD) reelection 2016
Susan Collins (R-ME) reelection 2014 Roger Wicker (R-MS) reelection 2018
Bob Corker (R-TN) reelection 2018

When People Try To Shut You Down

I’m frequently inundated with tweets from so-called “Christians” telling me that I should spend less time talking about politics. According to some, I’m “obsessive” when it comes to divisive and controversial issues such as abortion, and as a Christian I ought to spend more time talking about the Gospel.

My contention is that the reason why abortion has become such a large scale institution is precisely because Christians have not been more outspoken. We’ve been cowered into silence, whether it’s by the threat of losing tax exempt status, or because we’re afraid of push back, or we just don’t care. Christians absolutely need to be involved in political and social issues, as we’re seeing the tragic and horrendous consequences of our ignorance.

Now this is not to say that Christians should not talk about the Gospel–of course we should. However, if the idea of talking about the Gospel exclusively, means ignoring the hundreds of thousands of children aborted every year or pretending that the issue doesn’t exist if we don’t talk about it, then you can count me out. I refuse to have my freedom of speech shut down by people who either disagree with or are threatened by my beliefs.