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Rubio stands with Cruz in latest Obamacare twist



Sen. Marco Rubio, not surprisingly, says he'll join Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in voting against cutting off debate on the House budget plan that defunds Obamacare. Cruz is pushing for a 60 vote threshold but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a simple majority and it almost certain to win.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't stand with Cruz on a filibuster, nor does fellow Texan John Cornyn. But Rubio weeks ago attached himself to the defund at all costs movement.

"Obamacare is making it harder for hard working Americans to achieve the American Dream, " Rubio said in a statement Monday. "That is why when I ran for the Senate I pledged to do everything I could to stop Obamacare. A vote for cloture will make it easier for Senate Democrats to preserve this job killing law. That is why I will vote no on the motion to cut off debate."

The tea party is demanding Republicans stand with Cruz. "Time to melt the phone lines," Tea Party Express said in a message to supporters today.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:42am]


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