The Obamacare Fight Heats Up, Cruz Hints At Filibuster

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Senate Democrats said Thursday that “far-right” members of the Republican Party have hijacked the Congressional debate over the forthcoming implementation of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation.

Congress will have to act quickly to pass a continuing resolution to fund Federal operations past Sept. 30, but House Speaker John Boehner has allowed Republicans in his chamber to include a provision that would defund the healthcare law in order to continue funding Federal operations.

The House GOP is seeking a one-year delay to the Affordable Care Act as a part of any bill that extends the government’s borrowing authority.

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that the Republican plan could have “deadly serious” consequences for the American public if it causes Congressional gridlock on spending.

“I want to be absolutely crystal clear — any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead,” he vowed.

While the bulk of the Obamacare fight will take place in the House, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that he will do “everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare” in the upper chamber.

“Any procedural means necessary,” Cruz said. Asked by reporters if a filibuster was possible, he continued, “Yes, and everything else.”

The House resolution is scheduled for a vote on Friday.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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