Campaign to Defund -- UPDATED

This letter is reprinted from Forward Thinking: The Ithaca Tea Party 

Dear Fellow Tea Partiers:
 
The time has come to honor our pledge to hold the "feet" of the Republican members of the House of Representatives "to the fire."  The issue is ObamaCare, which the House voted to repeal and/or defund.  It appears that the House leadership is reneging on their promise to do whatever is possible to rid the country of this threat to our freedom and the very existence of our country as we have known it. Here are the facts:
 
1. On March 18, 2011, the House will vote on another continuing resolution to keep the Federal Government funded.
 
2. It has recently come to light that buried in the 2700 page so-called "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" are advance appropriations in the amount of $105,464,000,000 providing funding to the Health and Human Services Secretary starting now and extending through FY2019. It took the Congressional Research Service 11 months to identify and total up all the billions of appropriations and fund transfers in the bill. 

3. There is no language in the current version of the continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare. 

4. House leadership, under Speaker Boehner, is reluctant to include language about defunding in the upcoming CR for the usual political reasons. They talk about not wanting to break House rules. The Republicans are the majority party and they can make the rules. They do not want to be the Party to shut down the government. But it is more important to do whatever can be done to remedy this urgent problem than to worry about what will amount to no more than an inconvenience. They seem to want to delay this battle until next year. 

5. Therefore Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-MN)  and Rep. Steve King (R. IA)  will not support the CR if language to defund ObamaCare is not included.  
 
6. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP.  Contact Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers. Urge them to withhold their support of the continuing resolution unless it contains language to defund ObamaCare. Contact your own representative even if he is the recalcitrant Maurice Hinchey and make your position clear to him. Contact as many members of the Tea Party Caucus, listed below, as you can, and urge them to honor their pledge to repeal ObamaCare and support the CR only if it contains language defunding ObamaCare. 

MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY CAUCUS

Sandy Adams (FL-24)
Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
Todd Akin (MO-02)
Rodney Alexander (LA-05)
Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
Joe Barton (TX-06)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-09)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Dan Burton (IN-05)
John Carter (TX-31) 
Bill Cassidy (LA-06)
Howard Coble (NC-06)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-04)
John Culberson (TX-07)
Jeff Duncan (SC-03)

Stephen Lee Fincher (TN-08)
John Fleming (LA-04)
Trent Franks (AZ-02)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Wally Herger (CA-02)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Steve King (IA-05)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
David McKinley (WV-01) 
Gary Miller (CA-42)
Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Rich Nugent (FL-05)
Steve Pearce (NM-02)
Mike Pence (IN-06)
Ted Poe (TX-02)
Tom Price (GA-06)
Denny Rehberg (MT-At large)
David Roe (TN-01)
Dennis Ross (FL-12)
Edward Royce (CA-40)
Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Adrian Smith (NE-03)
Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Cliff Stearns (FL-06)
Tim Walberg (MI-07)
Joe Walsh (IL-08)
Allen West (FL-22)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
Joe Wilson (SC-02) 

If you have any questions about any of this, let me know.  Remember this has to be done before the vote on Friday, March 18, 2011.
 
Thanks for all you do,
 
Fran Weissman

UPDATE:

Dear Tea Partiers,

I am having trouble determining the exact time the House has scheduled the vote on the Continuing Resolution. A few minutes ago, Hinchey's Ithaca office told me it could be as soon as tomorrow, March 15, 2011 and Michele Bachmann's Woodbury, Minnesota office told me it was scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  My current understanding is that Friday, March 18, is the date that the federal government will run out of money. I am so sorry for my misunderstanding and any inconvenience it may cause. At the same time, I urge you to contact the relevant House members as soon as possible so that your message will count. Again, thanks for all you do.

Fran Weissman