Despite his plea the Senate voted to saddle Americans with ObamaCare.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was not able to stop his fellow Republican senators from handing the Democrats a major victory on Obamacare.
Enough Republican senators joined with Democrats to vote Friday for “cloture,” a move that brings an end to debate on a House bill that would defund Obamacare.
That vote also allows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to now restore funding for Obamacare to the spending bill.
Reid goes ballistic, again
Speaking on the senate floor Friday, Reid again went ballistic on conservatives, as he did earlier in this week.
This time he claimed the Republicans have been “infected by a small group of extremists” who are more interested in shutting down the government than governing.
Reid claimed “a bad day for government is a good day for the anarchists among us.”
Sticking to his theme, Reid claimed these “modern day anarchists believe in no government” and that “tea party obstructionists don’t represent mainstream Republicans,” even though 227 House Republicans voted to pass the bill to defunding Obamacare, with just one voting against.
Reid even tried to blame to horrible economy under Obama on the tea party, claiming, “For the last few years these radicals have driven us from crisis to crisis, leaving a trail of destruction behind us.”
GOP allows Obamacare funding
The 46 Republicans in the Senate could have stopped the vote for cloture with only 41 votes, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refused to do that.
McConnell and other establishment Republicans fear they would take the blame for any government shutdown, even though the House bill is specifically designed to force Democrats to be the ones to shut down the government, should they refuse to defund Obamacare.
The House strategy, endorsed by Cruz and such like-minded lawmakers as Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., was to pass a continuing resolution, or spending bill, that funded everything except Obamacare.
A continuing resolution must be passed by Sept. 30 to keep to the government funded.
GOP lawmakers hoped passing a bill needed to keep the government running would have prevented Democrats from accusing Republicans of pushing for a government shutdown over Obamacare.
The idea was put the burden on the Democrats to keep the government running and force a showdown in which GOP lawmakers could essentially tell them, “Take it or leave it.”
There is no question the Republicans have the power to defund Obamacare, because their control of the House gives them the power of the purse. The question is whether they have the will to see it through.
Battle not over
Cruz pointed out Thursday that losing the vote on cloture would not mean the drive to defund Obamacare is lost.
“If enough Senate Republicans vote to give Harry Reid the authority to fund Obamacare, that does not mean the fight is over,” he said. “A bill to fund Obamacare will still go back to the House. House Republicans can, and should, continue to stand their ground.”
Because the House has the power of the purse, it can refuse to restore funding to Obamacare indefinitely.
“If the House hold firms, Harry Reid has no ability to muscle the House of Representatives,” said Cruz.
He described the most important role that he and like-minded senators such as Lee can play: “to serve as a cheerleader supporting House Republicans to stand with the American people.”
A key Senate staff member told WND that senators who support defunding went into the venture knowing they did not have the votes, initially.
But, the aide noted, it is still early in the game, and the outcome is really up to the American people. They can stop Obamcare by calling and/or emailing their senators, signing the online petition to defund Obamcare or by speaking their minds on Twitter.
Americans oppose Obamacare
In fact, the Twitter universe has been on fire with positive reaction to Cruz ever since his marathon speech against Obamacare, in the middle of the week.
Americans can go to #StandWithCruz, already one of the top trending hashtags, to have their say and see what their fellow citizens are saying about the effort to defund Obamacare.
What is really tragic is that Republicans that ran for election or reelection in 2010 with the promise to eliminate ObamaCare voted with the Democrats. By the way, they and their families are exempted from participation in ObamaCare.