Republicans Lack Votes To Defund Obamacare

Source: Jake Miller / CBS News

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, acknowledged Sunday that his push to defund Obamacare – even if it means shutting down the federal government in the process – still lacks the votes to succeed in the Senate.

“We do not have the votes right now,” he said on CNN. “We need 41 Republicans in the Senate or we need 218 Republicans in the House.” And to reach that threshold, Cruz admitted, it will take a “grassroots tsunami” pushing legislators to stand strong against the health-care reform law, come what may.

The current resolution funding the government expires at the end of September. Some Republicans, including Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have urged Republicans to use that deadline as a pressure point, passing a law funding the government without Obamacare and daring the president to use his veto pen.

Other Republicans, however, have said that Obama would never sign a funding bill that omitted his signature domestic achievement, warning that the resultant shutdown would damage the GOP politically and do almost nothing to undermine the health-care law.

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