Desperate Republican lawmakers threaten to shut down government if Obamacare is not blocked
As I noted HERE the other day, Republican politicians are deathly afraid that Obamacare will become popular when it takes full effect next year.
So, they’re pulling out all the stops, as we see HERE:
Running out of time and options, conservatives are exploring new ways to corner Congress into shutting down the government this fall unless Obamacare is defunded. But they aren’t likely to achieve much more than giving Republican leaders heartburn.
Conservatives and right-leaning Republican lawmakers have floated the tactic for years. But now, having lost the 2012 election, and with health care reform’s major provisions set to take effect, they’ve gotten more desperate, and see it as their last chance to stop the law.
In one example of an unusual move, the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation — Heritage Action — announced Tuesday it will grade lawmakers on the basis of whether they sign on as cosponsors of — not merely vote for — a bill by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to prohibit any funding of Obamacare in the annual budgeting process…
“We have one last chance to stop this if the White House won’t cooperate, and that’s through our budgeting process,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), another cosponsor, who is eager to make nice with the right after his major push for comprehensive immigration reform. “Some will say, ‘Well, that’s crazy. You are going to shut down the government over Obamacare?’ No, what’s crazy is moving forward with this thing.”
…Although conservatives are pleased with the unabated anti-Obamacare rhetoric emanating from House GOP leaders, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted back in March that holding must-pass bills hostage to the anti-Obamacare effort isn’t feasible.
“Do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States over defunding Obamacare?” Boehner told Sean Hannity. “That’s a very tough argument to make.”