Michael A. Memoli
September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that he will speak on the Senate floor “until I am no longer able to stand” in opposition to the president’s healthcare law, making a symbolic stand to support a legislative strategy that is increasingly opposed by his fellow Republican senators.
Cruz is urging senators to vote against a procedural step on the House-passed spending bill that would keep the government running when the fiscal year ends Monday, but also cut funding to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Most of Cruz’s Republican colleagues have said they intend to vote for the motion to cut off debate, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “We’d all be hard-pressed to explain why we were opposed to a bill we were in favor of,” McConnell told reporters. “It strikes me as a no-brainer.”
But Cruz said that an affirmative vote is a vote to allow Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to strip the House bill of the “Obamacare” language, something he said would be a “profound mistake.” That position is supported by outside conservative groups, including the Club For Growth.
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