House, Senate Republicans Challenge Reid on CR: ‘What Will Harry Do?’

By Alissa Tabirian | September 19, 2013 | 4:11pm EDT

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.)

( – House and Senate Republicans challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to rethink his opposition to a continuing resolution that would maintain government funding while defunding President Obama’s signature health care law.

“As we turn to the Senate, make no mistake, it turns to Harry Reid,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said at a joint press conference with Senate Republicans Thursday. “Will he protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare, or will he coldly force this upon them?”

“What will Harry do?” Graves asked.

The House plans to pass a bill Friday that will defund Obamacare, a move that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) called “a tremendous victory for the American people.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP File Photo)

“This is a moment ultimately for Harry Reid and the Democrats to decide for whom it is they work,” Cruz continued, noting that “the people who are hurt the most by Obamacare are the most vulnerable among us – young people, Hispanics, African Americans, single moms – they’re the ones losing their jobs.”

When asked whether he would consider a filibuster as a last resort, Cruz denounced “petty political bickering,” but vowed to use “any procedural means necessary... and anything possible” to defund Obamacare.

CNSNews previously reported on the challenges Senate Republicans face in defunding Obamacare.

But  Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), said the fight is really between the “Washington Establishment against Main Street Americans, and I think that ultimately, Main Street America has to win.”

“I hope that the President and Harry Reid care more about the American people and keeping government open as we do than their stubborn political pride,” Salmon added. “That’s all this is about.”

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