by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 30, 2013) — Sen. Ted Cruz, who spoke out against Obamacare on the Senate floor on Tuesday and overnight through Wednesday at noon, has pledged to donate his entire salary to charity for every day that a partial government shutdown is in effect, if it occurs.

Congressionally-approved appropriations must be agreed upon by midnight on Monday to keep all departments of the federal government operating, including the District of Columbia.

The House passed an amended proposal to delay Obama’s health care bill, known as Obamacare, for a year, to pay the military during a shutdown, and to strike the tax on medical devices which Democrats included to pay for the legislation.  Appropriations through December 15 are also provided in a Continuing Resolution.

Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have vowed not to negotiate on any aspect of Obamacare, which has reportedly already affected millions who have had their hours reduced, lost their insurance plans because they are not approved by the federal government, or discovered that their spouse and children are no longer covered by their companies’ respective plans.  Higher rather than the promised lower premiums have also been reported.

The Senate was out of session on Sunday and did not debate the House’s new bill, although Reid said that it was “stupid” and “pointless.”  On Sunday afternoon, House Republicans held a brief press conference urging the Senate to convene in order to avoid a government shutdown.

Cruz is calling the impending shutdown “HarryReidsShutdown” [sic].

At 5:00 p.m., Barack Obama addressed the nation to itemize which departments and employees would be affected by a shutdown.  Social Security and Disability checks will go out on time, and the U.S. Postal Service will be open.  The White House staff will be cut by about three-quarters, and national parks and museums will close.  Services deemed in advance to protect life and property will continue, although there may be a delay in processing paychecks to employees carrying out such services.

Also on Monday, Cruz told Larry Kudlow in an interview that it is “absolutely not” time for the House of Representatives to compromise in order to avoid a shutdown.  “If all Senate Democrats vote in lockstep, as they have before, to kill this Continuing Resolution, then I’m sorry to say that Harry Reid will force us into a government shutdown.”  Cruz added that he wants the impasse between the Senate and the House to be “fixed,” but decried the negative effects of Obamacare reported thus far.

Reid held a vote on Monday to pass the military pay resolution, which passed unanimously, Cruz said.

Some reports say that the impending shutdown will be more serious than that of 1995-1996 under President Bill Clinton.

Update:  As of 9:15 p.m., CBS News reported that a vote was taking place in the Senate on the House bill to delay Obamacare by a year.

As of 9:43 p.m. EDT, a Senate measure which removed the House’s new proposals is set to go back to the House.

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  1. Maybe some one should donate money to all the Veterans that have been illegally arrested and imprisoned for standing up for the Constitution and criminal activity. The Democratic Party has been successful in controlling most of the press about any Veteran especially LTCDR Walter Fitzpatrick. Why have Obama’s papers been hidden from the public at Perkins Coie DNC Law Firm at a cost to taxpayers of over $4 million dollars? What are they hiding? No mention has been told of Obama’s $35 million dollar “retirement mansion” in Hawaii for all the good work he’s been doing for the DNC. We’d like to see more pictures of mother alias “Elizabeth Ann Duke” whose real name is Ann Newman that was just removed from the FBI “Most Wanted” lists. She was Bill Ayers side kick in the break off gang from the “Weathermen” back in the 60’s that killed cops and bombed the Washington Navy Base Computer building on the same base recently bombed by the Black Muslim shooter. The DNC has the best people money can buy!

  2. Are Sharpton and Jackson among others willing to donate their Salaries? How about trust fund baby Princess Pelosi or Joe “Shotgun” Biden? Where’s the big names when trouble is at the door? We have never seen such drama in DC especially when it comes to Obama’s identity fraud. Where is our Radical Friend Eric Holder when all is bad? Maybe he’s reselling some of the guns they got back form “Fast And Furious” to his “people” here in DC? Looks like Ithe $1.2 trillion from Solyndra and MF Global just faded away into some ones bank account but don’t worry, it was all covered by “THE FIFTH AMENDMENT”! Woopsie! I’m getting sick to my stomach!