After the House of Representatives easily passed a continuing resolution that strips Obamacare of all funding on Friday, the bill now heads to the U.S. Senate where Democrats are eager to restore the flow of dollars to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) may have one more trick up his sleeve.
The Texas Republican is calling for “unity” within the GOP and asking senators to oppose limiting debate on the bill, preventing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from using “procedural gimmicks” to add Obamacare funding back in. In other words, filibuster the continuing resolution.
Ted Cruz Suggests Filibustering Continuing Resolution Defunding Obamacare
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, speaks at a news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans who persuaded the House leadership to include defunding the Affordable Care Act legislation to prevent a government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Credit: AP
“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,” Cruz said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Cruz challenged Senate Republicans to “stand side-by-side with courageous House Republicans.”
“Now is a time for party unity,” he said.
“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 added.