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09/22/2013 01:43 pm ET

Chris Wallace Challenges Ted Cruz Over Obamacare Plan (VIDEO)

Chris Wallace challenged Senator Ted Cruz over his plan to defund Obamacare on "Fox News Sunday."

Cruz is one of the leaders behind the Republican bill that would defund health care reform in order to prevent a government shut down. The Senate is expected to eliminate the Obamacare provision from the bill, and Cruz has called for filibustering to prevent the bill from being voted on — a plan that fellow Republicans have criticized in recent days.

"I'm confused," Wallace said on Sunday, asking Cruz, "Are you going to allow consideration of the bill... or are you going to block [the Senate] from even taking up a bill which you support?"

Cruz said that Senate Republicans could ask Harry Reid to require 60 votes in order to pass any amendments to the legislation, but said that he probably wouldn't agree because he wants to use "brute political force" to continue Obamacare.

Wallace seemed unconvinced. "It's Senate Rule 22…it says you say allow debate, that you can pass an amendment by a simple majority, that’s the rule," the Fox News host argued.

Later in the interview, Wallace also asked Cruz to address criticism from his fellow Republicans and what his "end game" will be if the Senate sends the bill back to the House without the Obamacare provision.

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