Earlier today, 79 senators, including conservative Republicans like Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, voted to end debate and allow a vote on the House government-funding bill that would defund Obamacare.
But Senate Democrats then voted unanimously to pass an amendment that stripped out the defunding language. Texas senator Ted Cruz claimed that if Republicans had blocked a vote on the bill today, Democrats would have agreed to defund Obamacare under the pressure of a government shutdown.
According to a fundraising email from FreedomWorks, a "grassroots" Tea Party organization based in Washington, D.C., the Republican senators who agreed today to allow a vote on the bill to defund Obamacare "betrayed" conservatives like Cruz and "stabbed them in the back."
Freedomworks publicly disclosed that it employed 10 staffers who earned six-figure salaries in 2011 (the most recent year for which information is publicly available). The top-paid official raked in $619,392 in 2011, but he now gets paid $400,000 per year not to work at FreedomWorks.
You can read the full fundraising email from FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe here:
Patriot, we should have won.
Obama’s Republican allies in the Senate betrayed you.
Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul did everything they could to Defund ObamaCare. But, Establishment Republicans stabbed them in the back. They gave Obama an easy out. They helped fund ObamaCare.
This isn’t the first time the Establishment betrayed you. That’s why you and I must replace the Obama-Republicans with real conservatives. People like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul. Conservatives who will do what it takes to stand up to Obama and stop his “radical transformation” of America. We can’t have Republicans whipping votes for Obama.
And, Patriot, we can do it, we’ve done it before. With the help of patriots like you, Mike Lee took on the Republican establishment in 2010 and beat a RINO incumbent who voted for TARP. When Ted Cruz began his race for the Senate, he was polling at 3%. The big-money, establishment insiders were backing a moderate Obama-Republican who wouldn’t stand on principle. But with the support of people like you, Cruz won. That’s the power of grassroots. And, we must do it again.
If we’re going to stop ObamaCare, stop the overspending, stop the NSA’s spying, and restore our Constitutional liberties, we must act now. The turncoats in the GOP establishment have done enough damage. It’s time to repopulate the Republican Party with fighters. And to do that, we need your help.
Together, we can replace them. Together, we can stop Obama.