The Washington Times - September 23, 2013, 10:05PM

The White House tried to make political hay Monday of the showdown over efforts to defund Obamacare.

In an email Monday night to millions of supporters on the White House mailing list, President Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, blamed congressional Republicans for being “reckless” in the budget showdown.

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“Instead of doing their jobs, a few reckless Republicans in Congress are so obsessed with refighting old political battles over Obamacare that they’re threatening to shut down the government and stop paying the country’s bills,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. He asked supporters to “spread the word so that Americans know what’s going on.”

On Monday, several key Senate Republicans — Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, John McCain of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas — said they would not support efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, to prevent Senate Democrats from neutering provisions in a House-passed budget bill.

The House passed a bill that will fund the government and avert a looming shutdown, but also de-fund Mr. Obama’s health care law. Senate Democrats plan to pass that bill after they have rewritten it to restore Obamacare funding.