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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cruz: A vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare

Cruz: A vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare

Ted Cruz is pictured. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

By KATIE GLUECK | 09/22/2013 09:26 AM EDT | Updated: 09/22/2013 10:29 AM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday reiterated his commitment to blocking a procedural Senate vote on a House-approved spending bill, saying that Senate Democrats would have too much leeway to add in funding for Obamacare.

'Any vote for cloture, any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding to Obamacare with just a 51-vote threshold, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare,' the Texas Republican said on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'And I think Senate Republicans are going to stand side-by-side with Speaker [John] Boehner and House Republicans, listening to the people and stopping this train wreck that is Obamacare.'

Cruz outlined his vision for the spending battle, even as a government shutdown looms on Oct. 1 if a deal isn't hammered out. He said he doesn't know how many other senators would vote with him to block consideration of the bill, which in the House version defunds the health care law, but added that if the measure ultimately goes back unresolved to the House, it should start by passing incremental continuing resolutions.

'If Harry Reid kills the bill in the Senate, the House should hold their ground...start with smaller continuing resolutions,' Cruz said. 'Start with the military. Send it over, see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military.'

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