Skip to comments.Cruz: If House GOP Stands Its Ground, Reid Cannot Fund Obamacare
Posted on 09/26/2013 11:31:37 AM PDT by jazusamo
Audio at link.
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) said today on a conference call the 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 Representativesif 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 clotureand thus prevent the bill from coming to a final vote in the SenateHarry 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 tomorrows 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 doesnt 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 Representativesif 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.
So the question of the day is: "Will Boehner grow a pair?"
When you’re dealing with crazy people they want their way regardless of the damage they’ll do to get it. They simply don’t care what the collateral damage is. Conscionable people however, do care. That’s why we do negotiate with terrorists. And, yes, a politician who is willing to damage the military and reduce its effectiveness for a decade into the future to achieve his socialist aims is a terrorist. The fact that he’s a US senator notwithstanding.
You campaigned as a Tea Party Republican and promised to reign in the government in Washington. I voted for you precisely because you were going to fight to reduce the size of government and its control over our lives.
In the past year, you have proposed additions to the already onerous federal gun laws, and have supported the dumping of millions of illegal aliens onto the backs of us taxpayers.
Now, when a vehicle for if not stopping, then at least slowing down Obamacare is available, you are not fully on board. Let me make this as clear as I can. A vote for cloture is a vote FOR Obamacare. It doesnt matter how you vote on the bill itself. In the Senate, there is a method for the minority party to have a say in the outcome of legislation, and its time for the Republicans, and yourself in particular, to start fighting by using the means at your disposal.
In addition to this fight, I expect you to fight to NOT increase the debt limit. ANY vote to increase the debt limit, including a cloture vote, is a vote FOR increasing the debt, something you pledged to fight during your campaign.
The press says that you are afraid of Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party. Well, you should be, since they speak for the vast majority of your voters. Washington is not a microcosm of America. Listen to your constituents, not the escargot eating surrender monkeys who occupy the media appointed posts of the Republican leadership.
For the past few election cycles, the Republicans have been losing simply because they want to appear like Democrats. If it is true that a Republican cannot win by running on the principles and ideals that founded this country, then it is already too late, and America is dead. I don't believe that America is dead, and the election of 2010 is proof.
Its time for you to choose. Are you going to represent patriotic Americans who believe in the founding principles, or are you just looking to get a good seat on the Politburo and bide your time until you can retire on a juicy taxpayer funded pension?
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Your letter/email to Senator Toomey is excellent.
I hope and pray it matters to him.
God bless and keep you.
The GOP cave will start in 10, 9, 8...
Blunt from Missouri is going to vote for cloture. I called and voiced my opinion. Grrrrr.
This reads like one of those “vile” e-mails the rep King was receiving. Nice job!
There are already signs that Boehner wants to move on from this and fight another (losing) battle on the debt-limit field. Trade a repeal of the medical device tax for raising the debt limit, something like that.
Things are moving very rapidly now due to the Sept. 30th deadline. I’m guessing Boehner caves and Obamacare stays on track.
Ted Cruz knows the rules. The rules are thick, cobwebby and arcane. Some of these may be left over parliamentary procedures from British influence. So even today, having a full moral belief in what you’re trying to do is not enough. One needs to be well acquainted with the rules, so you don’t do waste time on unwinnable causes brought to the floor in an incorrect manner. Maybe some of the ‘cobwebs’ are needed to reduce frivolous legislation, reduce, not eliminate.
God Forbid, It’s time to take a collection to buy balls for republicans.
If they can’t grow them, maybe we can pay for implants. I doubt that would be provided to them under obamacare.
That’s expected, yet highly disappointing and equally outrageous. He’s part of the GOP-E.
Thanks so much for calling.
God bless and keep you.
Beautiful! Way to go!!!
I’m in PA as well but have been unable to get thru to Toomey....he’s definately doing exactly as Cruz said they would do “pretending” to be against Obamacare.
He put out a written response yesterday on His site...sidestepping the answer if or not he’d be voting for cloture or not....alot of double talk.
I will continue to try to reach him...so far not getting thru any avenue I’ve tried.
Senator Cruz ROCKS!
Here is one aspect that the Ted Cruz filibuster has accomplished:
It has established Ted Cruz as the spokesman for the Republican party on Obamacare. It has taken that role away from McCain/McConnell/Boehner.
The MSM cannot possibly provide a credible news story without including Ted Cruz’s opinion.
Here’s Toomey’s statement..and of course he sidesteps the cloture vote.....doing just what Cruz said they would do...
Sen. Toomey Issues Statement On Obamacare & CR
Wednesday, Sep 25
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has released the following statement on Obamacare and the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) currently under consideration in the Senate:
“From the start, my goal has been, and continues to be, to completely repeal the President’s health care law as soon as possible. Obamacare hurts our economy, shrinks paychecks, and moves our health care system in the wrong direction. It is simply not fixable.
“With President Obama in the White House and the Democratic party controlling the Senate, full repeal, unfortunately, cannot be achieved now. However, I believe that, right now, we can delay and dismantle some of the most egregious flaws in this law - flaws which have been acknowledged by lawmakers in both parties. I, therefore, intend to offer reasonable amendments that would help achieve this objective, including for instance, a measure to repeal the health care law’s medical device tax which drives up costs for patients and threatens Pennsylvania jobs.
“If Majority Leader Reid insists on granting himself the power to gut the House-passed bill with 51 votes, while preventing me and other Senators from even offering amendments with broad bipartisan support, I will vote against cloture on the bill.”
Well said and so true.
I truly believe that’s why McQueeg was so ticked yesterday after Sen. Cruz’ filibuster, the turkey knows it.
A simpler solution is to show these RINOs the door and give them a good swift kick in the backside on the way out, starting with the Weeper of the House!
We are fixing to find out how many Republicans we have in the House.
Boils down to that really.
Repeal the whole danged thing. Repealing the medical device tax is not enough.
Permit me one change to your post and you would be correct.
The fact that he’s the POTUS notwithstanding.... for Obama has proven that he is “ a politician who is willing to damage the military and reduce it’s effectiveness for a decade into the future to achieve his socialist aims is a terrorist.”
not only that he sends US weaponry into the hands of muslim terrorists... his friends.
Cruz has really laid bare the true nature of the bottom feeders and paltroons in the GOP. Having been so identified maybe we can now eradicate them & send them back home where they can wallow with the rest of us in the sewer they helped create.
Yeah! 38 D's!
Sorry Cruz, you have fought gallantly and showed what a leader with a spine is supposed to look like, but that simply way, WAY too big of an IF there for us to be able to count on it.
I bet the weeper of the house was bullied when he was in grade school and liked it.
Amen. And that’s the truth. The founders set it up this way for the specific purpose of thwarting an out of control chief executive and senate. They were very wise men. If only our people’s representatives in the house have the courage to carry out their constitutional duty to save the republic with the constitutional powers provided.
And I was thinking of gonads. Didn’t think of it that way. Whoremones is probably a better choice.
BTW forgive my spelling.
Hold the line, there newbie. This is FR. We fight for freedom here and do not surrender!
Well I’ll take Sen. Cruz’ efforts on this whole fiasco even with the IF’s over what came out of McQueeg’s mouth yesterday as well as many other RINO’s.
Remember something, there’s few things we can count on in politics but we can count on Sen. Cruz to do his best for Conservatives.
Repealing the medical device tax is not enough.
A lot of Dems are already getting pressure to repeal the medical tax. So this issue is not the basis to declare any kind of victory; it just gets the Dems an excuse to rid themselves of an unworkable problem.
The Republican “leadership” is a ship of fools.
Amen to that.
Sen. Cruz is trying valiantly to light a fire under our representatives, I pray he’s successful.
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I agree, and I think Cruz did the right think. What I am saying is that at the moment, I do not know that the rest of the House GOP has gotten the message yet.
Which means that while Cruz is doing what he needs to do and we should all be celebrating what he is doing, it may be that we need to elect waves of new genuine conservatives in 2014 if we want a House GOP that gets it like Cruz gets it.
That is what I am saying here.
Call one of his offices in PA.
I repeat, I am NOT advocating surrender of any kind. I am merely saying that at the moment, it does not seem like we have a House GOP that is on the same page as us on this - and we will for sure need to keep this in mind next year’s elections so that we can make damn sure that Cruz is not standing along every time he does the principled and right thing.
Once again Senator Cruz is spot on!!!!!!!!
All numbers are busy......and e-mails full...
I’m beginning to think he’s simply not taking calls.
> So the question of the day is: “Will Boehner grow a pair?”
I’d wager the odds are better I’ll be Queen of England by this time next year.
This is what's happening within the party now...
I’ll take that wager. No way you’ll be the Queen of England next year...so we still have a chance with Boehner.
(that’s not you is it Kate?)