Senator Ted Cruz wants to defund ObamaCare or defund the goverment.
The House has already passed a continuing resolution that would avert a government shutdown that is set to take place on March 27th, the date that the Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2013 expires.
Now, the CR is in the Senate where Senator Ted Cruz offered up an amendment that would remove any funding for the implementation of Obamacare.
Of course, since the Democrats are all good team players, and since they control the Senate, the amendment failed. But Senator Ted Cruz pointed out that if the Senate ends up making any changes to the continuing resolution, they’d have to send it back to the House, and when they do, the GOP should add an amendment like his that would defund Obamacare. That way, the President and the Democrat-controlled Senate are left with the option to either defund Obamacare or let the government shut down. Their choice.
Senator Cruz is playing the game, and he’s playing it well. But others aren’t being good team players. Boehner doesn’t want to defund Obamacare. He says he promises he’ll work on repealing it later, but not now:
“We have voted many times over the last 2 years that we’ve been in the majority to defund Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare, and we will do so again here in the House in the coming months. Our goal here is to cut spending. It’s not to shut down the government. I believe that trying to put Obamacare on this vehicle risks shutting down the government. That’s not what our goal is. Our goal here is to reduce spending.”
CNS News pointed out that the GOP has voted to defund/repeal Obamacare on 30 different occasions, but not on legislation that had to pass. In other words, they were no more than symbolic moves on the GOP’s part to make their constituents happy, knowing that their actions would have no real effects. But at least they could secure their re-elections and increase their popularity by telling their voters that they voted to repeal Obamacare.
But every time a piece of legislation has to pass in order to keep the government funded (like the CR), the GOP decides not to touch Obamacare.
If the Senate does indeed make any changes to the CR, and it goes back to the House, the GOP needs to take Senator Cruz’s lead. This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of Obamacare. And we shouldn’t replace it with anything.
The Obama administration is perfectly willing to let thousands of criminal illegal aliens go and shut down the White House tours in order to play their little political games to get what they want. If they really want to keep Obamacare, they should be willing to let everything else shut down too. Or, if they really don’t want that, they should pass the CR with Cruz’s amendment and give up Obamacare. Boehner just needs to get out of the way.