Cruz’s comments took place moments after he took to the Senate floor to slow down consideration of a House bill aimed at defunding ObamaCare.
Cruz is attempting to delay — for as long as possible — consideration of a continuing resolution passed last week by the House, which funds the government through mid-December while also stripping funding for the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to advance H.J.Res. 59 with an amendment to remove the House language that defunds ObamaCare. A vote to end debate on the motion to proceed is expected Wednesday, and Cruz's actions cannot stop that from happening.
Cruz said that if lawmakers were truly listening to their constituents, the vote would be “100-0 to defund ObamaCare.”
Cruz has argued that the healthcare reform law harms the economy by raising healthcare costs and forcing employer mandates. Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have said this is the best opportunity Republicans have to stop the healthcare law. Democrats have said they can’t accept a spending bill that defunds ObamaCare.
The government will shut down on Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.