McConnell will not back method by members of his caucus to defund Obamacare

09/24/2013 02:37 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is again at the center of a fight over the Affordable Care Act. But this time it is with a member of his own Senate Republican caucus over the approach to defunding the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate that he will not block the government funding bill that the House passed last week that removes funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Texas Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has been fighting to block a procedural vote on the U.S. House spending bill that defunds the health care law and began filibustering the procedural vote Tuesday afternoon. Even though the House bill calls for defunding the Affordable Care Act, Cruz says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would have the ability to strip out the language that defunds it simply through a majority vote if the continuing resolution advances.

Cruz has been asking Senate Republicans to stand united and block the procedural vote.

But McConnell said he does not believe filibustering a bill to defund the Affordable Care Act is the best way to kill the law.

“All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded. And none of us want that,” McConnell said. “We may not always agree on tactics, but on the question of repealing Obamacare, we’re totally united. This law should be defunded. That’s what the House bill does.”

McConnell also urged Senate Democrats to join the fight to defund the health care law. McConnell asked Democrats to listen to their constituents’ frustrations about the law and join the Republicans in working to defund the law.

McConnell’s split with Cruz is already a point of attack in a new radio ad from the Madison Group, a conservative fundraising organization that endorsed McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, back in July.

The ad, first reported on by the Courier-Journal= , is titled “Too Chicken” and is timed to coincide with the 24th World Chicken Festival in London, Kentucky.

This is the second ad from the group — headed up by former Kansas Congressman Jim Ryun — attacking McConnell for not being conservative enough.

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