Senator Ted Cruz: No Time For Wimps – Defund Obamacare Now

Published on August 16, 2013

By: Alex Pappas

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been among the most vocal Republican senators in  pushing the latest strategy to defund Obamacare.

“Now is the best time,” Cruz said in an email interview with The Daily  Caller.

Using this strategy, which is also favored by Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee  and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, lawmakers would refuse to vote for a  continuing resolution to keep funding the federal government unless President  Obama’s healthcare law is defunded as part of the legislation.

Under current law, the government is funded until Sept. 30, meaning a  continuing resolution needs to be passed to keep the government from shutting  down.

But inside the Republican Party, many lawmakers object to the strategy,  saying it gives false hope because it simply won’t work. Without having control  of the Senate or the presidency, such legislation would be impossible to  pass.

The Daily Caller attempted to have a high-profile Republican on both sides of  the debate answer four of the same questions about the strategy. While Cruz  agreed to answer questions, no Republican that TheDC contacted on the other side  of the issue would agree to do the same.

Through spokespeople, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Sen. Richard Burr of North  Carolina, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former White  House aide Karl Rove all declined to participate. All have spoken out against  the strategy.

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