Congressmen Jim Bridenstine and Tim Huelskamp have led the effort to defund Obamacare in the House. The reality is that if the Senate GOP were to hold strong in the Senate and block any CR that funds Obamacare, House Republicans could jam the Senate with a defund bill. They would have the leverage of being the only body that could pass a bill to fund the government. That way they could leave town before the March 27 deadline and the Easter break, knowing that they passed a bill to fund the government and defund the worst program in American history. If Democrats want to shut down the government in order to fund a program that will deny people their private health coverage, let them own up to it.
In order to orchestrate such a plan, which will unfortunately be blocked by leadership in both houses, we need conservatives in the Senate to take up the mantel as well. Once again, Ted Cruz steps up to the plate. Here is his latest press release:
The very first priority of every elected official—Democrat and Republican—should be restoring economic growth, so we can ensure continued strength, prosperity, and opportunity for the next generations.
Obamacare does precisely the opposite. It is already hurting small businesses, reducing the hours Americans are allowed to work, forcing employers to drop coverage, and leading to substantial increases in healthcare premiums—especially for young people. And, if Obamacare is fully implemented, it will create an even further drag on the economy, killing jobs and making it harder for those struggling to climb the economic ladder.
In my view, Obamacare should be fully repealed, and I have introduced legislation to do so.
At a minimum, however, it should not be implemented at time when our economy is struggling so mightily, at a time when its implementation could push us into a full recession.
Therefore, when the Senate votes on the Continuing Resolution, I intend to offer a “Restore Growth First” amendment which will delay funding of Obamacare. I believe we should continue to delay such funding at least until economic growth returns to historic averages, and I intend to object to consideration of any Continuing Resolution that does not include a vote to delay funding of Obamacare.
It will be interesting to see how many other members join him. [Update: Mike Lee joins the party]
I know many of you have contributed a lot of money to help elect Ted Cruz. Just know that you are getting your money’s worth – with interest.
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