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Lee: We’ve Got 46 Votes to Defund

Senator Mike Lee, the face of the defund-Obamacare movement, said this morning he believes he has 46 votes supporting a continuing resolution that will not fund the president’s health-care law. When asked by NBC’s David Gregory whether he actually thought he had support in the Senate for the initiative, Lee noted that 45 Republican senators voted to defund Obamacare in March, and one Republican has been added to the Senate since, the appointed Jeff Chiesa of New Jersey.

Lee was referring to a vote on an amendment proposed by Ted Cruz in March to the continuing resolution passed at that point, which attracted no Democratic support and failed; the full continuing resolution was then passed with the support of 20 Republican senators.

Lee was optimistic that “a few Senate Democrats, particularly those from red states who are up for election this year” will join Republicans in the vote.

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