Senator Ted Cruz’s Last Plea Before the Senate

Despite his plea the Senate voted to saddle Americans with ObamaCare.

From WND:

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.

House strategy

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.  

Disgusted yet?

~ Hardnox

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10 Responses to Senator Ted Cruz’s Last Plea Before the Senate

  1. Buck says:

    I hope these RINO Senators, and I suspect one of mine is among them, get the boot next year.

  2. Kathy says:

    Extremely disgusted. A friend just sent me a piece that Pat Buchanan wrote and he had this to say:

    “What House Republicans have lacked is not courage, but a political and communications strategy.

    Having provided a continuing resolution to fund the government, except Obamacare, the House should next begin passing CRs — one for each department. A CR to fund defense and veterans affairs. A CR to fund State, the CIA and Homeland Security. A CR for justice, transportation, energy, etc. One every day.

    Would Harry Reid refuse to fund the U.S. Army and Navy unless John Boehner’s House stuffs Obamacare into the defense budget?

    Do Republicans really feel incapable of winning this argument?

    Are Republicans so tongue-tied they cannot convince America of the truth: They have already voted to fund the government.”

    There is still a small shred of hope, but the R’s need to stop accepting the blame for something they didn’t do. Get off the ropes and out of the corner and fight!

  3. Buck says:

    I just emailed Senator Coburn and advised him his retirement would be eagerly accepted by the citizens of Oklahoma.

  4. Mrs AL says:

    My only beef with Senator Cruz’s remarks is that he left out who the Senators are supposed to be representing, the STATES. Good grief. We need to get rid of that communist amendment and get representation for the STATES.

    Other than that, Hardnox, great post! And disgusted doesn’t even begin to cover it for me. (I’m afraid Kathy’s post today about Detroit getting 100 Mil has set me off. That said, I stand by my remarks.)

  5. BrianR says:

    “McConnell and other establishment Republicans fear they would take the blame …”

    And that sentence, right THERE, sums up the entire problem with the spineless wimps wearing the GOP label. They constantly live in FEAR of doing ANYTHING, so they always end up doing NOTHING.

    THAT is EXACTLY why I quit the GOP. I come from a military family, and I’m a vet myself. I think like a soldier. We can’t FEAR taking an action. If you do… YOU FRIKKIN’ LOSE, because you may as well not even show up at all.

    These guys are the French Army of American politics. They throw down their arms and reach for the sky before the first shot’s even fired.

    If these guys had been in Lexington and Concord in 1776, we’d still be British citizens.

    They’d have to improve to even be pathetic.

  6. Bill Baldwin says:

    I think our biggest problem in the Senate is John McCain. He found out quickly that Cruz isn’t his whipping boy and several of the senior republicans are siding with Cruz and Co. Today Reid even quoted McCain a couple of times on the Senate Floor. I don’t know if he was trying to kill McCain politically, or maybe McCain is planning on switching sides. Remember, too, McCain spent some time with Obama as well. It’s simply time for him to go. Cruz has been referred to as a “rock star” in the senate and I think little Johnny might be jealous.

    Rumor has it that Cruz might be looking for a 2016 presidential run. Personally, I’d prefer if he stay in the senate for another term and ‘infect’ more senators.

    As far as that obamacare, here are some secrets that the dems are failing to tell the American people. Depending on the state, obamacare will be providing ‘free’ health insurance under medicare for sex traffickers, drug dealers, gang bangers, and anyone else with an illicit income. If a person has a taxable income of less than 138% of the poverty level, they qualify for free health care. Illicit income is not taxable, as that would violate the 5th Amendment. Also, starting in 2014, smokers are penalized on their premiums. For a 21 year old, the penalty is an extra $1,500 tacked on to the premium, and the subsidy won’t cover that. I should also note that illicit drug users aren’t penalized like smokers. In 2015 the government may decide that eating red meat is bad and penalize meat eaters the same as smokers, or penalize persons that partake in sugary drinks, or fatty foods. Once this become law, there is no stopping the intrusion from the government. I myself will not participate. The IRS and the rest of ’em can get bent and go pound sand.

  7. Clyde says:

    Wrote about this yesterday. Laid out what to do. It is OBVIOUS no one in the damned Senate reads HAD they, the morons would know how a LOT of us feel. The GOP.= WHIG. My guess is the House will cave.

  8. Garnet92 says:

    If there is ONE thing that we conservatives MUST teach every senator who didn’t join Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in their brave attempt to stop the ObamaCare Express, it is that ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

    Their cowardice in voting to end debate gave Harry Reid exactly what he wanted – and easy way out. I have a list of those 25 senators and I will do my very best to prevent my turncoat (John Cornyn) from getting reelected in 2014. We need to band together and make sure that these 25 traitors feel the negative consequences brought about by their misguided actions.

    We also need to make it plain to the House that representatives who break with the party on upcoming votes will receive the same punishment.

    The only thing that really scares these assholes is the IRE OF THE PEOPLE.

  9. Buck says:

    Garnet I saw the list yesterday but could not pull it up again.