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.