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Republicans Pushing Obamacare Shutdown Ultimatum Face Backlash From… Other Republicans

REPUBLICANS PUSH GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OVER OBAMACARE

“Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will unveil a letter on Thursday, signed by an undisclosed number of colleagues, promising to vote down the next continuing resolution if it funds ACA implementation. The current funding measure runs out Sept. 30. Unless Congress passes a new funding measure by that date, the government will shut down. “If the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it,” the letter says, referring to the Obama administration’s delay of the ACA’s mandate that businesses provide coverage for employees. Lee will unveil the list of signers Thursday. Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and John Thune, R-S.D., have signed on, their offices have confirmed to ABC News.” [ABC News,7/24/13]

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): “This September, Congress will have to pass another short term spending bill to fund the federal government. We should pass one that keeps the government open, but doesn’t waste any more money on ObamaCare. The president and his allies – and even some Republicans – will accuse us of threatening to shut down the government.” [Fox News, 7/25/13]

More than 60 House Republicans: “More than 60 Republicans have signed a letter urging Speaker John Boehner to defund Obamacare when Congress funds the government in September.” [Politico, 7/25/13]

… WHILE OTHER REPUBLICANS PUSH BACK: “THE DUMBEST IDEA I’VE EVER HEARD”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC): “The dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” [PRI, 7/25/13]

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): “No, I don’t support that.” [Washington Post, 7/24/13]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):  Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said he and some of his colleagues do not want to tie Obamacare repeal efforts to the budget process. “How do you fund the military?” he said in a brief interview. [Washington Times, 7/24/13]

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK):  “It’s just not helpful, and I think it’s the sort of thing that can create a backlash, that could cost the Republicans majority in the House, which is after all the last line of defense against the president, and could materially undercut the ability of the Republicans in the Senate to have (ph) the majority in 2014 which I think they have a decent chance to do.” [Fox News, 7/24/13]

MEANWHILE, REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE SILENT…

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

QUESTION: Senator McConnell, are you interested — are you going to sign on to the letter that is saying no C.R. unless Obama (OFF- MIKE)

MCCONNELL: Yeah, we’re discussing internally a variety of different places — I’ve already told you, I think our main goal going into the year-end discussion is to not walk away from the bipartisan agreement that we made two years ago to reduce spending. [Press Conference, 7/23/13]

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):

QUESTION: Do you agree at all with Senator Lee’s remarks that funding for the individual mandate should be halted in the upcoming continuing resolution?

BOEHNER: No decision has been made about how we’re going to deal with a CR next month. [Press Conference,7/25/13]

… WHILE SENATOR PAUL PUBLICLY QUESTIONS HIS COLLEAGUES’ “COURAGE”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY):

HANNITY: What I like about Mike Lee’s plan though is he’s going to fund the entire rest of the government except for Obamacare. You pass those appropriations. And then it’s up to the Democrats. Do they want to shut down the government over Obamacare? I guess they can. But that’s their choice. Right? Do you think the Republicans have the courage to do that?

PAUL: Frankly, probably not. [Fox News, 7/24/13]

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