Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said he plans to support the spending bill passed by the House last week that funds the government through Dec. 15, but defunds Obamacare.
“There’s only one escape hatch that will fully help those trapped by this law: and that’s full repeal,” he said on the Senate floor on Tuesday. “That’s why I’m supporting the House-passed CR. Not only does it defund this terrible law, it doesn’t increase government spending by a penny, and it keeps the government from shutting down, which nobody wants.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is another avid supporter of the resolution, but has broken with Mr. McConnell over the idea of a filibuster to block the Senate from even taking up the House bill and risking a government shutdown. Mr. Cruz is expected to speak on the floor later this afternoon.
Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has made it clear that he will not support the measure to defund Obamacare. President Obama has also said that he will use his veto power if the bill makes it to his desk.
Mr. McConnell pleaded with Democratic senators to join their cause and defund Obamacare by a simple majority.
“Join us in taking it off the books — and replacing it with the kind of common-sense, step-by-step reforms that lower costs and that Americans will actually embrace,” he said.