Cruz Loses Support for Anti-Obamacare Tactic

He's trying to block a bill he supports because he's worried Democrats will restore funding for health care law later

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U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks to a cheerful crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a runoff election for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on July 31, 2012, in Houston.

If Sen. Ted Cruz tries to block a bill that defunds Obamacare — all for the confusing purpose of actually defunding the health care law — he may be on his own.

The tea party Texas Republican is increasingly finding himself out on a limb as he tries to block a House-passed spending bill that keeps the government running but defunds President Barack Obama’s signature health law in the process. Though Cruz is a leading voice in favor of defunding the law — even at the cost of a government shutown — he argues that allowing the House bill to move forward on a procedural vote now would allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the chamber’s top Democrat, to strip out the defunding provision later without being subject to a filibuster. So he’s pursuing a “kill your darlings” filibuster tactic to block a procedural vote so the bill never reaches the Senate floor in the first place, Politico reports.

But the two top Senate Republicans — Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas — said Monday that they won’t support Cruz’s strategy.

“Sen. McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said. “He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill,.”

House Republicans passed the spending bill last week. Cruz supports it, but thinks it won’t pass the Democratic-controlled Senate unless Reid & Co. strip out the defunding measure, so he’s trying to stop it in its tracks now.

“I hope that every Senate Republican will stand together and oppose cloture on the bill in order to keep the House bill intact and not let Harry Reid add Obamacare funding back in,” Cruz said in a statement on Friday.

[Politico]

59 comments
GroverSyck
GroverSyck

If they want to lynch Cruz, I will supply the roap.

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

I don' get it.  Congress has voted to pay furloughed federal employees retroactively when the government shut down ends.  Therefore, federal employees are current getting a paid vacation.  Is the only purpose of continuing the shut down to inconvenience the American people?   

dectra
dectra

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the Flag and carrying a Cross


Gee, sounds like Ted Cruz.....

drudown
drudown

Conspicuously, there are very few Media sources willing to even address the glaring absence of any cost/benefit analysis FOR THE PEOPLE in the GOP's strategy to "defund" the government. To the contrary, most articles seem to analyze the "tactical" approach from an uncritically adopted partisan lens, as if, in the end, our elected leaders in Congress are there to "duel" or "obstruct" the democrat's initiatives- even if such actions require (1) willfully disregarding the Supremacy Clause when refusing to implement the ACA and/or (2) willfully abrogating the Congress' PLENARY Tax and Spend power. Taken to its illogical conclusion, the "strict constructionist" GOP party wants to condition the People into believing that, well, if the GOP's campaign contributors would strongly prefer a weaker, insolvent Federal government that is (drumroll, please) incapable of even regulating our most crucial markets (read: policing and enforcing existing law)...what, the GOP can "construe" the plain language of Article I, Section 8 REQUIRING the Congress to RAISE REVENUE as (what else) as "something other than what it says". 

Which is no surprise coming from a party that has thrived on dispensing misinformation with an eye toward weakening- if not eliminating- the basic fabric of the New Deal...with consideration to the GOP via perks and campaign contributions...but no consideration whatsoever to the People, i.e., those that the GOP contends must forgo historical entitlements that inure as a matter of law.

"Realists do not fear the results of their study." - Dostoyevsky

bobcn
bobcn

Ted Cruz may be the original Underpants Gnome.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

The biggest fear the GOTP has is that the ACA works as advertized and they are exposed as the liars they are.  People already like the component parts in place and the GOTP talks about replacing the ACA but have done nothing along that line. 

texasyankee
texasyankee

O Canada.  His home and native land....

jmac
jmac

Teddy is setting himself up to run for the BullHeaded Party - a nice little runoff from the Republican party.  Sarah's hoping for the number two spot so she won't be muzzled again.   

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

Mr. Cruz is not alone.  He has the support of tens of millions of fiscally responsible Americans who are fed up with all the far left nonsense and deceptions coming from the Obama administration.  Very sad that the Senate GOP is filled with RINOs with more in common with the Democrats than their own party.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Sen. Ted Cruz: Ready to shut down the federal government just to deny your sick child health insurance. What a guy.

m.p.williams
m.p.williams

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011 was passed by both houses of Congress and enacted as law of the land by a duly-elected President. That self-same President was re-elected in 2012, by v-e-r-y comfortable margins in both the Electoral College and the popular vote, in an election that was, in part, a referendum on the PPACA. Since its passage, the House majority caucus have tried, ad nauseum, to repeal the PPACA in one pointless vote after another, and now that majority -- a majority that in 2012, for the first time in a century's worth of congressional vote tabulations, managed to be elected on the strength of a minority of the votes cast in U.S. congressional races -- claims to be acting out the will of the American people by holding our vital institutions hostage in their delusional attempt to defund the full implementation of a law that is, in fact, undefundable in as much as virtually all PPACA spending falls under the rubric of mandatory (not discretionary) spending.

Republicans, including Sen. Cruz, would be far better served by joining Democrats in working to assure the best possible implementation of the PPACA, a framework for healthcare reform in America that is, ironically and in all respects, the brainchild of the Republican brain trust during the early 1990s. And if Republicans can't brook such a possibility, let them bring forward a serious proposal to give Americans what we truly deserve -- universal single-payer healthcare insurance. 

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

As usual, a Republican did not think it through and now Cruz has to resort to parliamentary gimmickry at the expense of the American people. We'll waste time on this and then shutdown the government in a fit of tea party rage until the Boehner relents and allows a House vote on a clean continuing resolution. Republicans once again let their rage of losing their country cloud their judgement to the extent they don't care how much damage they can do to America...they will just blame Obama, the Democrats and Americans.

j45ashton
j45ashton

Contrary to what this article says, Cruz is not alone.  The vote in the House was 230 to 189 to defund Obamacare.  Almost all Republicans voting for defunding.  So at primary time, any senator or house member that doesn't vote the way Cruz demands will be faced with a tea party challenger who says he or she is the real conservative and the opponent is a traitor.  That's the line in the sand & the opportunity Cruz has created for radical Republicans.  So as a matter of self-interest (not love of country), these Republican politicians may indeed shut down the gov't now or at debt ceiling time.  Nationally this is a loser, loser, loser.  But it will give the nation an opportunity to see what the Republicans are really all about.  

ZacPetit
ZacPetit

This is the stupidest thing I've read all week.

jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

The tax code is a trash heap. Housing is in shambles. Income inequality eclipses the Robber Barron (trust busting) era. Nuclear arms proliferate. Gun nuts blast the heads off school children. Food prices rise. Fuel is running out. And these D.C. types take off their pants and wag their winkers at each other. The voter bothered to go to the polls to find qualified fiduciary representation. What's wrong with this picture?

KateDyson
KateDyson

@texasyankee 

As a Canadian...you are more than welcome to him...we really don't want someone like that here...which reminds me...you really do have to overhaul your immigration laws! ;-)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@texasyankee 

I don't hold it against them Canadacans.  They're what would would have been, if we had had the guts to be critical thinkers instead of being propagandized by FOX and served up useless racial pablum by Rush.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@jmac  

Maybe after the GOP thoroughly beats itself to death, they could start a cult.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@blakeNaustin  

Responsible Americans?????

Just a bunch of Transylvania tea bags sucking the life blood out of America.

dectra
dectra

@blakeNaustin  

Boy, stop smoking crack. Your b/s is nothing more than fox "news" propaganda.

KateDyson
KateDyson

@blakeNaustin 

Obama is not far left...he's barely in the centre...and the likes of Cruz are just one step away from fascism (extreme right) ...the corporate state is already in place...the NSA is in place...I suggest you google "the political spectrum"...that will sort you out...cheers

microflite
microflite

@blakeNaustin :    Honestly, I'm perfectly willing to believe that Obamacare is flawed. However, given that the republicans were totally unwilling to do anything to oppose the Hospital and Insurance company lobbies that were giving them tons of money, for the last 80 years and that the republicans did their best to make sure Obama didnt get all he wanted in the bill and given that helathcare in the US is pathetic considering how rich the country is and that one of the leading cause of bankruptcies is healthcare costs, republicans have no fricking right to oppose anything now. I'm just OUTRAGED at the BS being put out and at their gall.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@blakeNaustin A fiscally responsible American would have supported significant tax increases YEARS ago. You're just another shameless liar.


jsfox
jsfox

@blakeNaustin Oh good grief you are not fiscally responsible nor is Cruz or any Republican for that matter. Truth be told the lot of you are fiscal frauds and wouldn't know fiscal responsibility if it fell on you. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@blakeNaustin 

With about 200,000,000 voters, a few tens of millions is not...very....many.

But yeah about 20% does make about 40,000,000.

Ozzie
Ozzie

Tens of millions?  yeah right

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

@Sue_N Do you really believe this awful piece of legislation has anything to do with extending health care to children?  Are you really that naïve and uninformed?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

But to work with the Democrats to improve the ACA would show that the GOP was lying along.  We all know they are but this will actually comnvince everyone in teh country except Rush Limpmouth and FAUX, the comedy network.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@j45ashton  

Just the ongoing Transylvania tea bag temper tantrum that has been going on sense Obama was elected.

The Transylvania tea bags must go.

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

@jwarrencollins  

Cuts to food stamps, education, SS, Medicare, EPA, Etc.. Hell we lost even if Obamacare isn't defunded.

Te fight over Obamacare is a ruse

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

@KateDyson @blakeNaustin What a joke!  Obama is not far left?  Have you looked at his social policies and agenda.  His class warfare.  He is further left than any president in American history.  When he was in the Senate he was further left than any of the socialists/Marxists composing the Senate.  Kate, wake up and smell the roses.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@microflite @blakeNaustin 

The US pays 2 times what the next most expensive country pays for health care.

For our money we get the 36th best over all results

We have the 52nd worst infant mortality, and the 48th best life expectancy.

There are third world countries that do better than we do.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@PaulDirks

We should go back to the tax rates we had under Eisenhower.  The top rate was over 90%.

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

@PaulDirks @blakeNaustin Typical far left response.  More taxes.  More spending.  There is an alternative to increased revenue.  It's called reduced spending.  Most Americans face this reality with their personal budgets when things get tight.  In addition you resort to name calling when your rhetoric fails you.  Sad!

blakeNaustin
blakeNaustin

@jsfox @blakeNaustin Interesting.  We have never met.  And you know absolutely nothing about me apart from  a three sentence post above.  Yet I am not fiscally responsible, simply because you don't agree with what I had to say.  Hmmm.

finally
finally

I believe that if you would relax, and try to look outside your myopic views ( what I mean by that is look at healthcare as a part of a  whole society) you would agree as well. I realize the fear you have is that some "thing"<--thing being "big government" will take your precious money is scary. Deal with it. Lets say you don't have children. So, why pay school taxes? Or, you don’t feel that you need police protection, so why pay for police taxes? You can see the trend. So please, spare me the scare tactics, and get used to it. Or move. No one is forcing you to "endure" these changes which have been long in coming.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@ARTRaveler 

You know they have been lying all along because the tenons of the ACA are all Republican ideas and policies.  Mittens put the same system into effect in Massachusetts, and tried to disown it during the election of 2012. 

The Transylvania tea bag republiCONs are opposed to the ACA because Obama got it passed, nothing less, nothing more.

jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

@allthingsinaname @jwarrencollins    My neighbor is a staunch right wing Obama hater. He says that all these people who get their income and health care subsidized by government are just a bunch of liberal freeloaders. He gets his healthcare from the VA.  His income is from Social Security.  And somehow, he doesn't see the irony.

GroverSyck
GroverSyck

@blakeNaustin @KateDyson

Blake wrote, "  He is further left than any president in American history"

Your perspective is warped.

If Reagan wanted to run today, he would have to run to the left of Obama.  The Transylvania tea bag republiCONs are better described as FASCIST.

 

MarkMcK
MarkMcK

Oh, I believe we're already trying reduced spending, and/or trying to enact more of same. It's called cutting SNAP for senior citizens, children, families and veterans; gutting maintenance and staffing budgets for our national parks; reducing Head Start; and other programs. For all the f'ing noise about cutting, I notice the Repubs opted to kill SNAP -- but not the decade-long HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES FOR BIG AGRICULTURE. BIG OIL. BIG PHARMA. No cuts in a bloated, corrupt defense budget.  There is plenty of noise about shafting those with the least power -- they're even trying to reduce that by kicking people off voting rolls -- but SILENCE about where the real money is. Tax reform -- God forbid someone proposes taxing the offshore profits of big Republican't donors. Or proposes a minuscule financial transaction tax on multi-billion hedge fund deals that snag Goldman et al millions in fees.  BOTTOM LINE: THERE IS PLENTY OF MONEY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WITH INNOVATION AND WORKING PAIRS OF POLITICAL BALLS THE U.S. COULD ZERO OUT ITS BUDGET DEFICIT BY 2020. 

If the Republican'ts would tie REAL AND ENFORCEABLE TAX REFORM --that would return TENS OF BILLIONS PER YEAR (if not more) in properly accounted transactions, I would support a mandate that BY LAW REQUIRES the Dems not add any new spending and reduce some programs further. But this must include getting rid of corporate-friendly subsidies. The Republican'ts scream about "FREE MARKETS" and then squeeze taxpayers to subsidize corporations or industries making $30 BILLION++ A YEAR. What an indefensible load of s***.  WE KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS. STOP DEFENDING THOSE WHO STEAL IT AND THEN CLAIM IT'S FREE ENTERPRISE CAPITALISM. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@blakeNaustin

"Typical left response".

Isn't that a typical right response?

Anyway, face it, Americans are no longer buying budget cuts as a way to keep the rich happy.

jsfox
jsfox

@blakeNaustin @jsfox If you claim you are part tens of millions fiscally responsible Americans supporting Cruz, by definition you are not fiscally responsible. Because Cruz is not nor are Republicans in general.  You want chapter and verse as to why not?

finally
finally

@jwarrencollins @allthingsinaname @NoBull I believe you were just verbally body slammed. Collins is correct. Money from the evil "Big Government" is good when you "earn" it......? The irony is palpable. And BTW, "earning", VA benefits, etc. etc. - I suppose a life is only worthwhile if it works 40 hr.s a week, or joins the military- or any other formula? Sad.

Diecash1
Diecash1

It's called "screw you, I've got mine" and it's been the guiding principle of the Repubs since Reagan. The TPers are merely trying to advance that goal.

jsfox
jsfox

@NoBull @jwarrencollins @allthingsinaname

"If there were more people like your neighbor in this country we wouldn't need handouts or subsidies in the first place."

You are right, if more people had jobs we would need less money in Food stamps etc etc etc. Since we all know this is a basic truth why is then that Republicans for the past 5.5 years have blocked or tried to block anything that might create more jobs? Why is that have not brought up a single piece of legislation that might boost the economy?



jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

@allthingsinaname @NoBull @jwarrencollins  Exactly my point. He, as so many right wingers including Ted Cruz advocate, is for what benefits HIM at YOUR expense and is against anything that benefits YOU at HIS. Exactly right. And in this is the core bindings of the current GOP.

jwarrencollins
jwarrencollins

@NoBull @jwarrencollins @allthingsinaname  The VA does not offer health care to every serviceman. I am a veteran. I do not get free VA healthcare. My guess is that you know nothing of the VA charter. My neighbor's disease is Chron's disease. The military was not responsible for this illness. Yet, you, the taxpayer, pay to subsidize the expense of  this man's illness. Social Security is a sister to the Affordable Care Act. A social contract, as you point out. An act the right wing haters are trying to kill even as you advocate my neighbor's right to collect. Taking a page from the Tea-party handbook, that leaves only one conclusion....a conclusion which will have no effect on your outlook, but that conclusion nonetheless valid....that you, sir, are a fool. 

NoBull
NoBull

@jwarrencollins @allthingsinanameHe gets coverage from the VA because he served this country in the military. He gets social security because he worked and paid taxes long enough to qualify for it (or is disabled). He earned these things, they are not hand outs or subsidies. If there were more people like your neighbor in this country we wouldn't need handouts or subsidies in the first place.