Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that too many of his fellow Republicans are â€œscaredâ€ of his bid to defund Obamacare and are exaggerating the consequences of taking a stand during an upcoming budget showdown on Capitol Hill.
Calling intra-party divisions â€œunfortunate and disappointing,â€ the freshman Republican called out GOP lawmakers who have not backed a conservative-led strategy to cut off funds for the Affordable Care Act before the new fiscal year.
â€œRight now, far too many Republicans are scared of this fight,â€ Mr. Cruz told radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Senior Republicans have been reluctant to tie a short-term spending deal this September to the health care law, saying the public will blame them for threatening to shut down the government.
But Mr. Cruz said a brief government shutdown in the 1990s brought only â€œshort-term political painâ€ for the Republican Party and years of balanced budgets for the federal government.
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