Tensions between House and Senate conservatives has been brewing for weeks over a scheme to try to force a government shutdown unless Obamacare gets defunded, but the friction spilled into the public and onto social media Wednesday night after Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledged that the plan is probably doomed in the upper chamber.
"Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so," Cruz said, according to Roll Call. "At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground."
House Republicans have quietly resented how much pressure has been put on them to carry out a plan hatched in the Senate, and the two chambers have been passing the hot potato for the past week about who would be the ones to actually vote down a government funding bill if it comes to that. Cruz's comments were apparently the the last straw for some. A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner immediately put the pressure back on the Senate—"We trust Republicans in the Senate will put up a fight worthy of the challenge that Obamacare poses"—but other Republicans had stronger words.
so far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something. . . RT ... http://t.co/fVo2eu2c6a— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2), Sept. 18
Duffy added more on Facebook, writing, "It is time for Sens. Cruz & Lee to show they can hold the line against Senate Democrats. Let's hope they do not surrender before the fight even begins."
UPDATE (8:18 p.m.): House leadership is now also taking Cruz to task, with an unnamed aide to GOP leaders telling CNN's Dana Bash, that "Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz," referring to the Texas state lawmaker who filibustered an anti-abortion bill earlier this year.
And there's more:
Hse R on Senate cons on saying Reid has votes to block health care defunding: "Those "%&#<-ers ran ads in my district over the Aug recess."— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 19, 2013
Hse GOPer on Senate conservatives on Obamacare: They remind me of the French. Waved white flag & dropped their rifles before firing a shot— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 18, 2013