Budget Bill Battle Over Obamacare Opens New GOP Schism


After the House passed a bill on Friday funding the government for roughly three months but defunding Obamacare, the fight over the budget and the healthcare law shifted to the Senate.

While most lawmakers, including many Republicans, have all but conceded that the Senate will never pass the House bill and will instead re-insert Obamacare funding, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is leading the fight against the healthcare law in the upper chamber, insisted it's still possible for the Senate to follow the House's lead.

"Senate Republicans should stand united to stop [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid from changing the House bill and, in particular, from inserting the funding from Obamacare with 51 votes," said Cruz on "Fox News Sunday." "That's going to be the fight procedurally - whether he's able to use a straight party line vote, just Democrats, to put Obamacare back. And you know what? If Senate Republicans stand together, we can stop Harry Reid from doing it."

Cruz said he will ask Reid to institute a 60-vote threshold for amendments to the House bill, which would enable the Senate's 46 Republicans to block any measure re-inserting Obamacare funding if they are able to stand united.

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