Cruz: If House GOP Stands Its Ground, Reid Cannot Fund Obamacare

September 26, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) said today on a conference call that even if the Senate passes a continuing resolution that permits funding of Obamacare the fight to defund it is not over--because Obamacare cannot be funded unless the Republican-controlled House of Representatives agrees to do it.

“House Republicans can, and I believe should, continue to stand their ground,” said Cruz. “And, so, if the House holds firm, Harry Reid has no ability to muscle the House of Representatives—if they stand their ground.”

Cruz said that the cloture vote the Senate will hold Friday on the House-passed version of the CR is the “most important” vote that senators will cast this year. In his view, that is because if at least 41 of 46 Republicans do not vote against cloture—and thus prevent the bill from coming to a final vote in the Senate—Harry Reid, at this point in time, will be able to get simple majority vote of at least 51 Democrats to attach an amendment to the CR stripping the language defunding Obamacare.

Nonetheless, Cruz said, if that happens the fight is not over because the bill must then go back to the House, and Obamacare cannot be funded unless the Republican-controlled House agrees to it.

“Number one, if enough Senate Republicans on tomorrow’s cloture vote decide to vote with Harry Reid and grant cloture to give Harry Reid the authority to fund Obamcare, that does not mean the fight is over,” said Cruz. “It means Harry Reid will pass out of the Senate a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare, but it still goes back to the House.

“And even if Senate Republicans have not shown the same strength of will that House Republicans have shown, that doesn’t mean the fight is over because House Republicans can, and I believe should, continue to stand their ground,” said Cruz.

“So, if the House holds firm, Harry Reid has no ability to muscle the House of Representatives—if they stand their ground,” Cruz said.

“I have said before I think the most important role that I can play that [Sen.] Mike Lee [R.-Utah] can play, that others can play, is to serve as a cheerleader encouraging and supporting the House Republicans to stand with the American people,” said Cruz. “Because the continuing resolution that the House passed reflects the strong will of the American people who understand that Obamcare is not working.”