Ted Cruz All In on Obamacare Fight

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas leaves the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, after a testy exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the start of legislative business. Cruz and fellow tea party conservatives on Sunday said President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies would be to blame if they don't accede to GOP demands to strike down the national health care law. Conservatives in the House on Friday approved legislation to keep the government running but at the cost of wiping out the Affordable Care Act, popularly known at "Obamacare."  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    So Ted Cruz is giving everyone a lesson in going at it alone. The Texas Republican insisted Monday that he will use “every procedural means available” to defund Obamacare—even if it means a government shutdown. And he doesn’t need any allies while he’s at it: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn said Monday that they will not back Cruz’s bill to defund Obamacare. The bill already passed the House, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to strip that provision before putting the budget portions before the Senate. The bill to increase government spending must pass before October 1, or the government faces a shutdown. Your move, Cruz.

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