- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday he will use any means necessary, including a filibuster on the Senate floor, to defund President Obama’s health care law while passing a short-term spending plan this month to keep the government open.

House conservatives joined Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, in heaping praise on House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, for putting forth a measure that would keep government funded past Sept. 30 while taking money away from the Affordable Care Act, a health overhaul they see as dangerous for the country.

The two GOP senators said they are willing to take up the fight when the measure comes to the Democrat-controlled Senate, although Mr. Cruz warned that the debate could be an extended back-and-forth between the chambers of Congress.

“If that happens, you can rest assured that Mike Lee and I and a great many others will fight with every ounce of breath we have to defund Obamacare,” he said.

Conservatives said President Obama is letting big business and other factions get a break from Obamacare while others Americans face the law’s provisions in the coming months.

Mr. Cruz said any vote that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, brings up that includes funding for the health care law should be subject to a 60-vote threshold.

SEE ALSO: Harry Reid, Democrats mock GOP leaders, decry effort to defund Obamacare

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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