Some conservative members of Congress are arguing that a short-term government funding bill should also defund the health care changes known as “Obamacare.” But by doing so, they are going against their own House GOP leadership nervous that such a course would lead to a government shutdown.
South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney is one of those pushing for the defunding. He said he’s becoming frustrated with House Republican leaders who believe this is not the time for a fight.
“Sooner or later, you have to stand up and fight for what you believe in,” he told Greenwood affiliate WCRS Friday.
Mulvaney has been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner, who is pushing for a short-term bill that keeps funding at the current sequestration levels. That package would not try to stop parts of the health care reform law from taking effect, as Mulvaney and many other Republicans want.
Any legislation which defunds “Obamacare” has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate, meaning the government could risk a shutdown if no consensus is reached.
Current spending measures keep the government funded through September 30. Boehner and other House Republicans are worried that the GOP will be blamed for a government shutdown if no is reached by that date. Instead, the leadership is looking to negotiate changes to the healthcare law when the debt limit is reached about a month later.
House Democrats have indicated they would be open to a short-term spending plan that maintains sequestration cuts at current levels.
Mulvaney said that plan “kicks the can down the road.” “We take whatever opportunity is available to us and we say we’ll fight later,” he said Friday. “And we’ve done that now for three years. Sooner or later, you have to stand up and be counted… as awful as a government shutdown is, Obamacare is even worse.”