Byrd rule

Cruz: Senate Umpire Works for Us

Cruz speaks to reporters. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:54 p.m. | GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz signaled the Senate parliamentarian should be ousted or ignored if a full repeal of Obamacare is deemed to violate budget rules.  

The budget reconciliation rules allow legislation through the Senate without the customary filibuster threats and need for 60 votes, but impose severe restrictions on content not related to budgeting, under a rule named for former Sen. Robert C. Byrd. "At the end of the day, the Senate parliamentarian is an employee of the Senate. Virtually every Republican campaigned promising full repeal," Cruz said Thursday. "And a great many promised explicitly full repeal on reconciliation, and we should do exactly what we said we would do."