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Politics & Government
Fri September 20, 2013
Michigan Republicans sign on to defund Obamacare
The bill is a part of a recent political ultimatum coming from Republican lawmakers: either cut Obamacare or shut down the government.
The language was attached to a continuing resolution — a temporary measure that allows the government to maintain the current levels of funding to federal agencies while Congress works out a fully-fledged budget plan.
As the fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, many Republicans are acting quickly to push legislation that would allow the government to keep running, provided sequester-level cuts are maintained and the healthcare law is entirely defunded. That effort is bicameral: Texan Sen. Ted Cruz also introduced a bill that calls for an end to Obamacare.
Not all Republicans are in support of the last-ditch effort to push out Obamacare — especially in the Senate.
"I said it was the dumbest idea I'd ever heard of," Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said, arguing that the plan to either defund the ACA or shut down the government was a poor political move.
Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom