The Washington Times - September 27, 2013, 09:39AM

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday that he supports Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategy for defunding Obamacare.

Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican, said via Twitter that he will vote against a parliamentary procedure, known as “cloture,” that would bring an end to the debate over a House bill that would keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year and withhold funding for Obamacare.

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The move is aimed at preventing the debate from moving forward and allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, from pushing forward with his plan to strip the defunding provision out of the House bill.

“If votes stay as is, I will vote to defund Obamacare by voting against cloture,” Mr. Grassley said.
In his 21-hour filibuster this week, Mr. Cruz made the case that the cloture vote is the GOP’s last best chance to stop the government from funding Obamacare.

But he has struggled to convince the majority of his colleagues to go along with his plan.

Some Republicans say the effort will push the government closer to a government shutdown, which may be seen as politically damaging to the GOP.

So far, 15 of the Senate’s 46 Republicans have pledged to oppose cloture, according to the website Don’t Fund Obamacare.

Mr. Grassley announced last week that he will see a seventh term in the 2016 election.