House Republicans pass test vote to defund Obamacare; shutdown edges closer

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Mr. Cruz and his fellow conservatives say Mr. Obama and his allies are holding government funding hostage over an unpopular law that amounts to a “job killer.”

The outspoken Texan vowed to use every procedural tool in his arsenal to beat back the health care law, once Mr. Reid sets the boundaries of debate on the Senate floor.

“I will do everything necessary, and anything possible, to defund Obamacare,” Mr. Cruz said.

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