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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 9:53am
Washington, D.C. — Texas Senator Ted Cruz says he does not have enough votes to make good on his threat to defund Obamacare. The Texas Republican has crafted a plan to put the government's finances on the line if President Obama's health care plan isn't stripped of its funding, but he says not enough Senators or Representatives are on board to put that plan in action.
"The House of Representatives should pass a continuing resolution that funds the federal government in its entirety, every aspect of the federal government, except Obamacare, and it should explicitly prohibit any funding for Obamacare, mandatory or discretionary. Now, I filed legislative language in the senate to do that. Now the next stage, we know how this play goes forward. President Obama, Harry Reid will scream and holler that the mean, nasty Republicans are threatening to shut down the government, and at that point Republicans have to do something we haven't done in a long time: stand up and win the argument. We have to stand up and say no, we want to keep the government open, we have voted to keep the government open, to fund the government, why is President Obama threatening the shut the government down to force Obamacare down the throats of the american people?" Cruz said.
Cruz says he would need 41 senators and 218 representatives to get behind his legislation for it to succeed in Congress, but opponents say President Obama would never sign the bill into law and that Cruz is risking a government shutdown.