Cruz Explains GOP’s Options to Protect Obamacare Defunding
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In an appearance on Fox News Sunday this weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that if Senate Republicans want to stop Obamacare, they need to stick together.
Cruz will likely attempt to filibuster the House Continuing Resolution (CR) that defunds the Affordable Care Act until Senate Republicans use all the options Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has to block any procedural tricks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Reid is expected to attempt to use a simple majority, or 51-vote threshold, to strip the Obamacare defunding language from the House CR. Cruz wants any Reid amendment to meet a 60-vote threshold, meaning Reid would need at least six Republican votes—as he currently only controls the 52 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats.
Host Chris Wallace asked Cruz about a clip where he said he would do whatever he can, “including a talking filibuster,” in order to “block consideration of the bill that the House just passed. The problem is you would be blocking a bill which you actually support, which would fund the government but defund Obamacare,” Wallace explained. S”o how are you going to get other Republican Senators on board to block a bill that you support?”