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Harry Reid: Senate Will Not Pass Any Bill That Defunds Obamacare, Resistance Is 'Futile

"...to take an entire law hostage simply to appease the Tea Party anarchists are outrageous, irresponsible and futile.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill, September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Leader Reid spoke about the continuing resolution and Republican efforts to defund Obamacare. Credit: Getty Images

Democratic Senate Minority Leader said on Friday that any attempt to strip Obamacare funding out of a continuing resolution bill is both "irresponsible and futile."

“Republicans are simply postponing for a few days the inevitable choice they must face: pass a clean bill to fund the government, or force a shutdown,” Reid said, according to The Hill. “I have said it before but it seems to bear repeating: the Senate will not pass any bill that defunds or delays ObamaCare.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill, September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Leader Reid spoke about the continuing resolution and Republican efforts to defund Obamacare. (Credit: Getty Images)

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz has repeately said he will use "any procedural means necessary," including a possible filibuster, to defund President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law.

Reid, however, branded such an effort as extreme.

“The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for three years,” Reid said. “Democrats stand ready to work with reasonable people who want to improve it, but Republican attempts to take an entire law hostage simply to appease the Tea Party anarchists are outrageous, irresponsible and futile.”

(H/T: The Hill)

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