A leading conservative PAC is bankrolling a new television ad that calls on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to support its no-holds-barred push to defund Obamacare.
The Senate Conservatives Fund ad says that Mr. McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican who is facing a re-election race in 2014, is doing “nothing” to stop the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“McConnell’s the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamcare,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot. “What good is a leader like that? It’s nice that McConnell voted against Obamacare, but we need real leadership to stop it now.”
The SCF is a grassroots group that promotes conservatives policies and works to elect “true conservative leaders” to the Senate.
The group has been pressuring GOP senators — through television and radio ads — to pledge to reject any spending bills that Congress takes up in the coming weeks that includes spending for the health law.
But so far only 14 of the chamber’s 46 Republicans have joined the fight.
Some GOP lawmakers says there is zero chance that Mr. Obama would sign a spending bill that does not include funding for his signature domestic achievement, and the stalemate would lead to a government shutdown that would damage that GOP’s image nationally.
Matt Hoskins, executive director of the SCF, said Thursday that Mr. McConnell is key to stopping Obamacare.
“Republicans in the Senate have the power to defeat funding for Obamacare, but they won’t use it if their leader tells them to surrender,” Mr. Hoskins said in a press release announcing the new television spot. “This is a big test for Mitch McConnell. He wants Kentucky voters to re-elect him because he’s the Republican leader, but what good is that title if he won’t use it to help Kentucky families?”
Matt Bevin, Mr. McConnell’s opponent in the 2014 Kentucky GOP primary, supports the push to block funding for the health law.