Only 15 Senate Republicans signed the letter.Sen. But Thune also expressed concern that the campaign being led by Cruz and Lee could split Republicans on an issue that has always united the party.”Thune, since winning his Senate seat in 2004, has managed to take a conservative but pragmatic approach to governing, maintaining strong credentials with the Republican base while forging relationships with the moderate elements of his caucus. The law is President Obama's prized legislative achievement. 1. We’ve got a bunch of meetings today,” Thune told the Washington Examiner. led floodlight Mike Lee, R-Utah, advocating defunding Obamacare through a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. Thune, the minority conference chairman and third-ranking Senate Republican, was the only member of leadership to sign the letter spearheaded by Cruz and Sen. John Thune declined Tuesday morning to reveal whether he would join the Ted Cruz-led filibuster to block the House-passed budget bill that would defund Obamacare but prevent a government shutdown on Oct.
Such comments quite possibly betray Thune’s anxiety that a government shutdown, even over an unpopular health care law, might do more harm than good to those ambitions. Senate Democrats hold the majority and too few are susceptible to the kind of political pressure that might force them to abandon Obamacare.”., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, in support of the House bill and against a complicated procedural maneuver that would attempt to save the defunding provision, but could further undermine a strategy that is already on life support. I think what we have to do is play the long game here,” Thune said.“The one thing that is unifying is that we all support getting rid of Obamacare. “I want to get a chance, as [a] conference, to work through some of this stuff, and then I’ll probably say something then.“I’m not ready to announce anything yet. “To me, that’s winning the majority in ’14, and I think we have to be thinking about what puts our conference in the best position to make that happen. Thune joined Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
In a previous interview, Thune stood by his support for defunding the Affordable Care Act through the budget process.Whether the South Dakota Republican joins his GOP colleague from Texas in attempting to block Democrats from stripping out the Obamacare defunding language from the House bill could prove significant. 30. … Tactically, there are different views about what’s the best way to do that.On Tuesday, Thune reiterated that his priority of finding the most unifying path forward for Senate Republicans and signaled that his biggest goal was helping the GOP win back the Senate in 2014. As conference chairman, Thune's job is message development and devising a rhetorical strategy that can work for the greatest number of Senate Republicans