Cruz, Paul Set to Headline 'Defund Obamacare' Rally

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 07:23 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky will headline a rally in September to push the effort to defund Obamacare even if it means risking a government shutdown.

The Exempt America from Obamacare Rally will be held September 10, the same day that Congress returns to work after its summer recess, on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill, The Hill reports. The event will be hosted by several Tea Party groups.

Other speakers will include Republican congressmen Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, and several leaders of tea party groups from around the country.



The premise of the rally is to send a message to lawmakers to vote against the continuing resolution that is needed to provide funding for Obamacare.  Lee has argued against it in a letter he sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying he and the other signers pledge not to vote for the continuing resolution when it comes up for a vote in late September.

Some in the GOP oppose the plan to defund Obamacare, saying that a government shutdown could end up backfiring on Republicans.

Fourteen senators have signed onto Lee's pledge including Cruz and Paul. Forty-one senators are needed to stop the continuing resolution from passing.

The funding bill will expire at the end of September. Lawmakers have three weeks to avoid the potential crisis.

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