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Ted Cruz lauds House defunding Obamacare

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to House Republican's passage of a continuing resolution Friday that would fund the government but not fund Obamacare by saying, “now is a time for party unity.”

“Senate Republicans should stand side-by-side with courageous House Republicans,” Cruz said in a statement.

The path to voting on a bill to defund Obamacare began prior to August recess, with opposition coming from both sides of the political aisle. Just 2 days ago, on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to allow a vote on the CR that would defund the president's signature health care law.

“This is a victory for House conservatives, and it is a victory for Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership,” Cruz said.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will claim that Republicans are forcing a government shutdown over Obamacare. He may also try to add Obamacare funding back into the CR.

“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 said.

Cruz on Thursday hinted that he might filibuster a CR that does not fund Obamacare.

Read Cruz’s full statement below:

“Today, the House of Representatives did what Washington pundits only a few weeks ago said was impossible: a strong bipartisan majority voted to defund Obamacare. This is a victory for House conservatives, and it is a victory for Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership.

“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.”

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