Cruz joined Republican lawmakers from both chambers of Congress at a press conference discussing a continuing resolution to halt funding for the Affordable Care Act. When asked if he would filibuster the continuing resolution, the Tea Party darling said he would use whatever means necessary to defund Obamacare.
“I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare,” Cruz said. “Yes, and anything else. Any procedural means necessary. Listen, this is the most important fight of the country and it’s easy to focus on the political back and forth. … As soon as the House passes this into law it’s going to be in Harry Reid’s court.”
The lawmakers — Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Cruz, and Reps. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) — met with members of the press to stress the importance of the continuing resolution.
The measure, which received support from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today, will be voted on by the House tomorrow.
Each Republican stressed they were not in favor of shutting down the government, but encouraged the White House and their Democrat counterparts to pull funding from the healthcare law, insisting it hurts most Americans.
Cruz continued, encouraging Congress to exercise their ability to pull the purse strings — literally.
“This is about Congress using the Constitutional power of the purse to rein in an overreaching executive and to stand up for the American people,” Cruz said. “To stand up and say look, even among those who thought this law might work, we now know it isn’t.”