Skip to comments.Rep. Peter King: Cruz's Defunding Strategy a 'Fraud'
Posted on 09/19/2013 9:11:29 PM PDT by TexGrill
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has recently compared conservative efforts to defund Obamacare to kamikaze pilots and Gen. George Custer.
Thursday, he called the effort "fraud."
"There's a wing within our party led by people like (Sen.) Ted Cruz, who have been really, as far as I'm concerned, carrying out a fraud with the people" by saying the strategy will work, King said Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
Cruz, R-Texas, has been leading the defund effort along with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. More moderate members of the GOP say the effort will only hurt the Republican Party. They fear a government shutdown like in the 1990s when Republicans got the blame.
House Speaker John Boehner gave in to demands to tie the vote to raising the debt ceiling. That vote is set for Friday, with the bill then moving to the Senate. King says the vote can't pass in the Senate, which doesn't have enough Republican votes, and President Barack Obama would veto it anyway.
After an expected Senate vote next week, it will be time for Cruz, Paul, and Lee to "put up or shut up," King said.
"If anything good comes from all of this, when Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Mike Lee fail in the Senate next week, maybe finally we Republicans will have ended their influence," he said. "We as House Republicans should stop letting Ted Cruz set our agenda for us. He should stay in the Senate and should keep quiet. If he can deliver on this, fine. If he can't, then he should keep quiet from now on, and we shouldn't listen to him."
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The congress can fund if not fund. It’s their job to do. But king seems so wed to Obamacare that he has blinded himself to this most basic of congressional duties. Maybe he can be voted out next time.
haha yes - waiting patiently as the targets mass
So, tell me: What do we say to those conservatives who are not RINOs, people who truly believe Obamacare is a disaster that will create enormous damage, but who agree with King that this is a poor strategy that will not do anything to stop Obamacare, and who say that when one cannot win in the short term it’s better to keep ones powder dry and live to fight another day?
Are those (Cruz et al) taking the position that it’s better to go down swinging even when there is no visible means of winning?
Or, how do they think they can win, given Democrat control of the Senate?
Cruz has an amazing loiter time.
From the WSJ:
Government officials and insurers were scrambling to iron out the pricing quirks quickly, according to the people, to avoid alienating the initial wave of consumers.
A failure by consumers to sign up online in the hotly anticipated early days of the “exchanges” is worrisome to insurers, which are counting on enrollees for growth, and to the Obama administration, which made the exchanges a centerpiece of its sweeping health-care legislation.
If not resolved by the Oct. 1 launch date, the problems could affect consumers in 36 states where the federal government is running all or part of the exchanges. About 32 million uninsured people live in those states, but only a fraction of them are expected to sign up in the next year.
The remaining 14 states are running separate marketplaces with their own software. One of those states, Oregon, has already announced that it would delay some features to fix software bugs, though consumers will be able to enroll offline.
LOL so true.
Thank you representative Cruz for driving so many RINOs out into the open. Now we know who not to trust.
The American People do not want ‘Obamacare’ and these votes will put those who voted for it in the spotlight again.
I AGREE GO CRUZ!
A- Holes like Boner and King your time is up
NY King is a fraud....he pushes this National Security thing...all the while supporting the Hispanic KKK and Mexican Drug Cartels in keeping our southern border unsecured
What Cruz has done is exposing a lot of GOP as Liberal Bed-wetter PhonyCons. Liberal Bed-Wetter PhonyCons whine about ObamaCare...but when push comes to shove...they really support it
Incumbency is the single most corrupting influence in the American political system. Career politicians are not interested in principle—only survival. We need Mark Levin’s LIBERT AMENDMENTS. Only the state legislatures can clean up Washington now.
It’s time to really think about term-limits.
King's another RINO who conveniently forgets that the Tea Party put him in the majority in 2010.
Term limits are at the top of my list. Repeal of the 17th Amendment, balanced budget amendment, and cleaning up the “commerce clause” would all help too. But nothing is as important as cleaning the stench of corruption inhabiting Washington DC through term limits.
We need citizen patriots who will serve honorably, then go the back home.
They'll put up, King. So you can shut up.
Another Rep-Elite who is worried that because this was not their plan they might look bad. Of course they can’t look any worse,
What happened to King? I thought he was one of the non-RINO congressmen. Saying that someone’s opinion on an issue is incorrect is one thing; calling it a fraud is something else.
Mark Levin has been calling him out for awhile.
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