(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he will not vote for a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government that provides any funds for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
To keep the federal government funded past Sept. 30, when the new fiscal year begins, Congress must pass an all-encompassing CR spending package because no budget was passed and signed into law.
“In my view, right now is the single best opportunity we have to defund Obamacare,” Cruz told CNSNews.com at a Tea Party Patriots rally on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol. “In the next 20 days, between now and September 30th, I have joined with Senator Mike Lee [R-Utah] along with a number of other senators and have said that under no circumstances will I support any continuing resolution that funds even one penny of Obamacare.”
Along with Cruz and Lee, 12 other Republican senators have signed an online pledge to not fund any further implementation of the health care law. But Cruz said the number could grow if the American people send a message to their elected representatives that they are against funding Obamacare.
“If we can get 41 Republicans in the Senate to stand together or 218 Republicans in the House to stand together, we can win this fight,” Cruz said. “But the only way that's going to happen is if the American people rise up and demand it.”
Cruz cited the website dontfundobamacare.com where more than a million people have signed a pledge against funding Obamacare.
“In just a matter of weeks, nearly 1.2 million Americans have signed the national petition to defund Obamacare,” Cruz said, adding that a “grassroots tsunami” was needed to win the fight against the health care law.
“That's how we win this fight, that's how we stop Obamacare, the biggest job killer in America,” Cruz said.