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July 22, 2013

GOP Suppport for Full-Government Shut-Down to Block ObamaCare

Well, let's see. It would be a popular move, it would constitute a constitutional pushback against Obama's Soviet power grab (asserting the power to suspend the law at will), and it could be effective.

Ego, it won't happen.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said he’s recruited more than a dozen Senate Republicans willing to shut down the government to prevent President Obama’s healthcare law from going into effect.

Lee said the Republicans would block a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. 30 if it includes funding for ObamaCare.

“This is the last stop before ObamaCare fully kicks in on Jan. 1 of next year for us to refuse to fund it,” Lee said Monday on “Fox and Friends.”

“Congress of course has to pass a law to continue funding government — lately we’ve been doing that through a funding mechanism known as a continuing resolution," he added. "If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of ObamaCare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”

Lee said he has “13 or 14” Senate Republicans on his side, and that the “number is growing.”

There's a parallel movement in the House, which seems more important to me, given that no Republican action in the House automatically equals a defeat of the continuing resolution, unlike the case in the Senate, where the Republicans would have to mount an unlikely filibuster.


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