GOP U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah appeared on Wednesday’s “The Sean Hannity Show” to discuss congressional Republicans’ effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. The House leadership revived Republican hopes of doing so Wednesday, and Cruz and Lee mapped out their strategy for the Senate.
House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a plan Wednesday to defund the Affordable Care Act while keeping the rest of the country running.
“The law’s a train wreck,” Boehner said of Obamacare, according to Fox News. “It’s time to protect American families from this unworkable law.”
The Affordable Care Act is “killing jobs,” Cruz told Hannity, and “we’re seeing more and more bipartisan consensus on exactly that.”
Lee said Obamacare “is unsustainable,” applauding House Speaker John Boehner, who he said, “did the courageous thing today and stood with the American people.” Other lawmakers “now need to stand with him and the people and defund this law.”
Cruz agreed that although Boehner only recently came around on the defunding issue, his “was a bold decision.”
Lee said the whole purpose of defunding the law is to “cause a delay” in its implementation, reminding Hannity that Congress “passed this law without a single Republican vote four years ago.”
Hannity said Republicans may face a public relations problem if the effort leads to a government shut-down.
Cruz and Lee emphasized they don’t intend to shut down government or defund essential programs. The House is going to vote Friday on a continuing resolution to keep the government running while defunding the Affordable Care Act. From there, the ball will be in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s court.
“The only people who can produce a government shut down at that point are Harry Reid, and the Senate Democrats and the President of the United States,” Lee said.
“That is the most important check Congress has on an overreaching executive — the power of the purse,” Cruz said.
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