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Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Senators Expected To Split Obamacare Vote

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:38 am

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is moving toward a test vote Wednesday on an emergency spending bill, despite tea party attempts to stop it.

The bill gets rid of a House measure to "defund" President Barack Obama's health care bill, a defunding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supports.

Cruz and his allies have been speaking on the Senate floor since Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to delay a vote. When that vote comes, it's likely Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators will find themselves on opposite sides of the tally.

While Senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn are both strong opponents of the Affordable Care Act, Coburn says he will vote to advance the House bill.

That vote is favored by the Democratic leadership because it would then allow them to strip the "defund Obamacare" provisions to ensure funding for the federal government continues.

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