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NO, YOU SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT! - If the government doesn’t shut down over ObamaCare, who will get the blame? Seriously. With conservative activists demanding a goal-line stand on “defunding” the president’s 2010 health law, House and Senate Republicans are in a back-and-forth over who should be responsible for running out the clock. Not surprisingly, each side thinks the other should be holding the football when time expires on Sept. 30.
[“Whether we win or lose will be decided in the House...” -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on “Hannity”]
Back to you, Boehner - One of the leading proponents of the defunding strategy, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made it clear on Wednesday that he and his band of fellow conservatives won’t be able to block Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping out a “defunding” provision the House is expected to pass in a government funding bill in the coming days. Cruz has been trying to stir grassroots support for the “defund” movement, which some in the House apparently took to mean that he would lead a filibuster and engage in all possible tactics to hamper Reid’s efforts. Cruz issued a statement, though, saying Reid has the votes to proceed and called on the House to hold the line.