GOP split on government shutdown to 'defund' Obamacare

Published on August 5, 2013 at 1:28 AM · No Comments

News outlets covered the Sunday talk shows, where Republican Reps. Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan said they disagreed with the strategy of Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.

CNN: GOP Lawmakers Split On Threat To Shut Down Government Over Obamacare
After members of Congress return from their monthlong recess, Washington will brace for yet another budget battle that entails reaching an agreement to continue funding the government beyond September 30. The debate will probably center on whether Republicans should attach a measure to defund Obamacare to the upcoming spending bill. But Democrats and some Republicans argued Sunday morning that taking such an approach will almost guarantee more gridlock in Congress (Killough, 8/4).

Reuters: Republican Ryan Wary Of Shutdown Strategy On Obamacare
Influential Republican congressman Paul Ryan disagreed on Sunday with the idea of using the threat of a government shutdown as a means of trying to get rid of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as "Obamacare." Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former vice presidential candidate, said he strongly backs the goal of repealing Obamacare but added there were other, more effective ways of achieving it (Bohan, 8/4).

CBS News: Ryan: "More Effective Ways" To Repeal Obamacare Than Government Shutdown
"You know, rather than sort of swinging for the fences and trying to take this entire law out with discretionary spending, I think there are more effective ways of achieving that goal," Ryan said [on CBS' "Face the Nation"]. "We think that we can do better by delaying this law. ..." An initiative spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to block any government funding bill that includes money toward the implementation of Obamacare would presumably give conservatives leverage in an upcoming budget fight (Boerma, 8/4).

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