Cruz, Paul to headline rally against funding for ObamaCare

Key proponents of a plan to allow a government shutdown rather than fund ObamaCare will bring their campaign back to Washington with a major rally next month.

Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE (R-Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFirst responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Jon Stewart rips into Rand Paul after he blocks 9/11 victim compensation fund: 'An abomination' MORE (R-Ky.) will speak at an event on Capitol Hill on Sept. 10, the day Congress returns from its summer recess.

The rally will cap several months of efforts by conservative groups to build grassroots support for the defunding threat. 

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The movement has received considerable airtime on conservative talk radio and attention at constituent townhalls over the last three weeks.

But only 13 senators have publicly agreed not to support government funding bills that include money for the healthcare reform law, leading critics to charge that the campaign is losing steam.

Cruz, Paul and other leaders have also received criticism from fellow Republicans wary of how a shutdown could hurt the GOP.

Supporters need 41 senators in order to set their plan in motion. A shutdown would likely occur if Senate Republicans refuse to allow any continuing resolution that includes money for ObamaCare.

The current funding bill expires at the end of September, meaning lawmakers have three weeks of in-session work to avoid a crisis.

At the rally, Cruz and Paul will be joined by the defunding strategy's architect, Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeFirst responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' Jon Stewart rips into Rand Paul after he blocks 9/11 victim compensation fund: 'An abomination' Senate approves long-delayed tax treaties in win for business MORE (R-Utah), FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and several House lawmakers.

The event will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol building.