BREAKING: The House will vote first on any Senate deal to reopen the federal government.
This will make it easier for Harry Reid to avoid certain hurdles, and will allow the refunding process to happen much faster.
No deals are finalized as of right now, but the federal government is expected to be funded until December 15 and the debt ceiling pushed until February.
Since many Republicans likely will not support the Senate’s deal, Speaker of the House John Boehner may have to violate the “Hastert Rule,” which ensures that any legislation passed through the House has support from a majority of the Republicans.
In order to ensure the Senate’s deal is passed, Boehner will have to rely on Democrats.
To the dismay of many conservatives around the country, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas said today that he will do nothing to stop the deal from being reached.
“There is nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days. I have never had any intention of delaying the timing of this vote,” Cruz said. Of ObamaCare, Cruz said, “Washington establishment refuses to listen to the American people. The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans.”
It is unclear to some, then, why Cruz will do nothing to try and block the deal. Especially said he said in the past he would “use any procedural means necessary” to prevent ObamaCare’s funding.
In September, the Senator said, “Senator Reid must not be allowed to add ObamaCare funding back into the House-passed bill.”
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