Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday that there is a backup plan in the event that he and other GOP senators can’t pass a budget that also defunds the Patient Protection and Afford Care Act.
Cruz appeared on “Fox News Sunday” advising Senate Republicans to “shut down the military” in order to stand their ground.
Cruz told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Senate Republicans would do all they had to, including filibustering if Democrats added funding back onto the bill.
“You say that this is ‘brute political power.’ Other times you’ve said that it’s a ‘procedural gimmick.’ It’s Senate Rule 22, which has been around for years,” Wallace said.
“It says after you allow debate, after you take cloture, you can pass an amendment by a simple majority. That’s the rule.”
Cruz responded that if the Senate is going to “run over” House Republicans and “ignore the will of the people” the Senate Republicans should stand up for the House.
“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,” Cruz insisted. “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.”
"If Harry Reid kills this bill in this Senate, I think the House should hold its ground and begin passing smaller continuing resolutions one department at a time. It should start with a continuing resolution focused on the military,” he continued.
"Let's see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military just because he wants to force Obamacare on the American people."
According to the Washington Post, however, the House already passed a military funding bill last week.