Ted Cruz Looks To Play Chicken With Obama Over Obamacare

Tea Party favorite Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He said that Republicans should support the amendment, even though the House voted to fully fund Obamacare in their recently passed Continuing Resolution. Should it pass the sent and the House approve it, Barack Obama would be forced to decide whether or not he’ll shutdown the government in order to fund Obamacare.

During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Cruz was asked why the House didn’t included defunding Obamacare in their Continuing Resolution.

Well, legislation can be an iterative process,” Cruz said. “And one of the benefits, I believe, of debating and voting on this amendment today is that if Republicans stand together—I hope we will—there is a very good chance the continuing resolution will be amended in the Senate in some way and sent back to the House.”

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“So, the House is going to have another shot at this,” he said.

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“And I would certainly be very encouraged if the House, when they get the continuing resolution back, made the decision to include precisely this amendment to defund Obamacare,” Cruz continued. “I think it’s the right position for Republicans to be taking.”

“And I think it would be exactly the right decision to then send it back to Harry Reid and President Obama and ask if Harry Reid and President Obama are willing to try to shut the government down in order to insist that Obamacare be fully funded now even though it could well push us into a recession,” he added.

“I think that is an important stand for principle that makes a difference in the lives of those who are struggling the most,” Cruz said.

The Texas senator’s comments were followed up by Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) who said, “I would add, again to reiterate, this was the very first vote they took in the House of Representatives this year, in this Congress. And so it’s important that we make sure that we have a vote here on that.”

“It’s not always easy for us in the minority to get votes that we think are important,” he added. “But it is easier for the minority in the Senate than it is in the House.”

“This is an opportunity that we have to make sure that this vote happens and it makes sense to have this vote now in connection with the CR,” Lee concluded.

Cruz’s amendment to the $982 billion Continuing Resolution is titled “Restore Growth First” and currently has 13 Republican co-sponsors.

Cruz told reporters on Monday, “I believe we will have a vote on this amendment and I have said I am willing to employ any procedural means necessary to ensure that we do get a vote on the amendment.”

The argument is not just over trying to stop out of control spending, as well as a full on takeover of the healthcare system, but to stop the clear violation of people’s conscience that is protected in the First Amendment. Let’s see if the GOP leadership in the House will do the right thing on this one or will they pussy foot around again and kowtow to pressure from the Obama administration.

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