WASHINGTON, September 20, 2013 – Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced Thursday that he will filibuster if necessary to avoid the Senate passing a continuing resolution (CR) that includes funding for ObamaCare.
Friday, he released two statements further clarifying the upcoming fight, saying in part:
“The American people overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare — a program which is killing jobs, dragging down the economy, and harming the most vulnerable among us. They deserve a fight — and House Republicans are leading that charge.
“But the House was just step one. Step two is the Senate, where all accounts suggest Harry Reid plans to use procedural gimmicks to try to add funding back in for Obamacare.
“If Reid pursues this plan — if he insists on using a 50-vote threshold to fund Obamacare with a partisan vote of only Democrats — then I hope that every Senate Republican will stand together and oppose cloture on the bill in order to keep the House bill intact and not let Harry Reid add Obamacare funding back in.
“Now is a time for party unity; Senate Republicans should stand side-by-side with courageous House Republicans.
“The fight to save America from Obamacare is just beginning — it may well go back and forth from the House and Senate several times — and a united Republican front means that Harry Reid and the President cannot ignore the American people.”
Cruz has reiterated for weeks that he would oppose a CR that funds ObamaCare. In a chamber where the Democrats control leadership, it will prove to be difficult to produce a vote in the Senate that does not fund ObamaCare.
Friday evening, Cruz released the following the statement:
“Our goal is to protect the bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House, which will defund Obamacare while fully funding government,” Cruz explains. “Anticipating the likelihood that Senator Reid will strip the crucial defunding language, it may be necessary to oppose cloture to block him from changing the bill. We’ll use any procedural means necessary to protect the House bill and keep debate open, standing guard against any attempt to reduce this opportunity to another show vote. Americans want Congress to pass a bill that funds government but defunds Obamacare, and the House worked hard to pass one. Senator Reid must not be allowed to add Obamacare funding back into the House-passed bill.”
According to the Congressional record, the Senate plans to bring the CR to the floor on Monday afternoon.
If you support your Senator’s defunding ObamaCare, this weekend may be your last opportunity to contact your Senator to encourage them to support the CR passed by the House.
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