◼ Ted Cruz: Harry Reid 'abusing his power' by asking for majority vote on Obamacare - Tim Mak/Washington Examiner
Cruz said he hoped Reid would allow a 60-vote threshold for all amendments to the funding bill, which would give Republicans a chance to defeat them, but conceded that was unlikely.
Expecting Reid to just gut the Obamacare provision and then send the bill back to the House, Cruz has called on House Republicans to pass individual appropriation bills for individual departments, like the Pentagon.
"See if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military because he wants to force Obamacare on the American people," he said.
Regardless, Cruz thinks that the onus is squarely on Democrats if the government shuts down as scheduled in eight days.
"I don't think that Harry Reid and President Obama should shut down the government," Cruz said.