(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said “absolutely,” the Senate should use reconciliation and “every procedural means possible” to repeal Obamacare.
CNSNews.com asked Cruz, “Given that the Senate enacted Obamacare in a reconciliation measure that required only 51 votes, would you support repealing Obamacare with only 51 votes?”
“Absolutely,” Cruz responded. “If it can be passed with reconciliation, it can be repealed with reconciliation. And we need to use every procedural means possible to fight to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.”
“I believe in 2017 a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said. “Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs to be forced into part time work, to lose their health care, to lose their doctors, to see their health insurance premiums skyrocket. This last election was a referendum on Obamacare and the American people overwhelmingly said this isn’t working, let’s start over. That’s what Congress needs to do.”
Established through the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, budget reconciliation means that the Senate can pass fiscally relevant measures, such as tax or spending items in existing legislation, with a simple majority, 51 votes out of 100, instead of the super-majority of 60 votes out of 100 needed to pass most other legislation. Senate debate on a reconciliation measure is limited to 20 hours.
According to the Associated Press, budget reconciliation is the “only filibuster-proof option available to Republicans who control the Senate with 54 seats but must still muster 60 votes to pass other legislation.”
In 2010, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, a reconciliation bill that included the Obamacare legislation, was passed with only 56 votes.