The debate will probably center on whether Republicans should attach a measure to defund Obamacare to the upcoming spending bill. But Democrats and some Republicans argue that taking such an approach will almost guarantee more gridlock in Congress.
Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, for example, predicted that Republicans would come back in September and “double down on obstruction.”
“The fact of the matter is that their chaos, their extremism is hurting the economy,” said Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “We should pass a budget in September instead of shutting down the government.”
This legislative maneuver would add to the 40 times that the House has already voted to get rid of the president’s signature health care reform, which Republicans say will damage the economy.
Cruz said last week that Washington’s top priority should be restoring economic growth.
“And nothing is hurting economic growth more than Obamacare,” he said.
But not all GOP lawmakers are signing on to the shutdown strategy. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said this past week that Cruz’s approach is “playing into the hands of the president politically and not the right thing to do.”
“Plus, it’s going to do great harm to the American people if we pursue that course." He added.