With Speaker John Boehner embracing the push to defund Obamacare in the House bill to fund the government, the battle will soon be moving to the Senate, which is controlled by Democratic majority leader Harry Reid.
It’s hostile territory for the effort, and since the initial calls to push for defunding Obamacare came from Senate Republicans, there’s added pressure on the strategy’s architects to make it a major fight.
Senator Mike Lee is organizing a messaging push to pressure Reid to hold an “up or down” vote. Lee and other Senate Republicans who devised the strategy will “fight like hell” to push it through the Senate, Lee’s spokesman Brian Phillips says.
Heritage Action, I’m told, is looking at a “major” paid-media campaign to put the spotlight on Reid.
Senator Ted Cruz, meanwhile, is in hot water with a good number of House GOP leadership types for a statement he issued about Boehner’s decision to include defunding Obamacare in the continuing resolution (CR) bill.
In the statement, Cruz called the decision “terrific news” and offered his praise for House leadership. But, he said, Reid will quickly move to defeat the bill in the Senate, at which point the House Republicans will need to stay firm.