Shortly after the Senate passed a government funding bill that does not include a provision defunding Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he hoped his lawmakers in his chamber would change their mind after the legislation went through the House of Representatives again.
“I very much hope that when the House bill comes back all 46 Republicans stand together, stand united against Obamacare,” Cruz said at a press availability while he was flanked by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). “And I hope at the same time that some of the Democrats who decided today not to listen to their constituents hear the voices of the millions of Americans who are hurting and do the right thing and stand up and stop this train wreck, this nightmare of a law that is Obamacare.”
Cruz said while Senate Republicans were not united, House Republicans have been. He added that he hoped that opposition would spillover into the Senate soon.
“The House was always in a position where it was going to lead,” Cruz said. “And I know from my perspective and Sen. Lee’s perspective we look forward to helping and supporting the House, standing up and doing the right thing for the American people.”
Even after the Senate passed legislation that continues to fund the federal government (but not defund Obamacare), the legislative back-and-forth is likely to continue. House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) said he did not think the House would embrace the Senate’s bill.
“I don’t see that happening,” Boehner said Thursday.