Lee, Cruz cheer ‘defund Obamacare’ petition benchmark

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Over a million people have signed onto a petition calling on Congress not to fund Obamacare, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday.

The petition, which has been pushed by two of the loudest voices in the “defund Obamacare” movement, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Republican Ted Cruz, hit the one million signatures mark Monday morning.

The number of signatures now stands at over 1,018,340 as of publication.

According to Lee and Cruz, the signatures reveal a growing grassroots momentum against funding Obamacare.

“The American people are standing up, speaking out and demonstrating their absolute disdain for the unaffordable and unfair train wreck that is Obamacare,” Lee said in a statement.

“With over 1,000,000 signatures petitioning Congress to defund Obamacare the momentum is mounting and members of both parties, in both houses, would be wise to take heed and side with the American people,” he added.

Cruz echoed Lee’s sentiment, arguing “it is a testament to the grassroots tsunami” that the petition —- which launched on July 27 — was able to amass over million signatures in 37 days.

“Defunding Obamacare by Oct. 1 is the best chance we have to stop this ‘huge train wreck,’ and we need to build on this August surge to get it accomplished,” Cruz added.

Both called on more people to sign the petition.

The push to defund Obamacare through upcoming spending bills has caused a schism in the GOP, with advocates arguing it is the last chance to stop the law and others saying that such a move is unrealistic and could damage the party if it leads to a government shutdown.

The petition, found at DontFundObamacare.com, is a project of the SCF, which bills itself as a “grassroots” organization aimed at pushing for conservative policies and electing conservatives to the Senate.

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