The Washington Times - August 23, 2013, 07:48AM

Sen. Mike Lee is rejecting the argument that Republicans intend to shut down the federal government over efforts to defund Obamacare.

The Utah Republican told a town hall meeting on Thursday night that talk of such a shutdown is a “false narrative based on an absolute lie,” Politico reported.


“I need you to help communicate a message, a message to defeat a false narrative based on an absolute lie that has been perpetuated by the political ruling class elite in Washington, D.C., that’s been dutifully reported by an all-too-willing-to-comply media, and that lie that the effort to avoid funding Obamacare is an effort to shut down the government … It’s a darned lie and I reject it,” he said.

Mr. Lee and Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, have led an effort to defund President Obama’s signature health care law, thus preventing it from being implemented. At least 14 Republicans have signed on to the initiative, but there’s little support among Republican leadership, and the plan appears to be going nowhere.

Democrats have tried to convince the American people that Republicans are willing to shut down the entire federal government because of their obsession with stopping Obamacare.

“It’s a lie because I’ve never called for a shutdown, I’ve never asked for a shutdown, we don’t need a shutdown, we don’t want a shutdown,” Mr. Lee said in response to that argument, as reported by Politico. “In fact, the whole reason I am bringing this forward is to avoid a shutdown.”

He added that he’s willing to fund “everything else in government, even programs that I dislike” in the effort to cut off money for Obamacare.