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, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (R-Texas) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales 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 LeeOvernight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Senators clinch votes to rebuke Trump on Saudi arms sale 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.