Boehner: No Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Funding

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March 13, 2013 12:27 p.m.
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told Sean Hannity Wednesday on his radio show that House Republicans intend to continue targeting Obamacare.

He explained that House Republicans did not go after the law in their must-pass legislation to keep the government open because that “would risk shutting down the government. That is not our goal. Our goal is to cut spending.”

“Do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States over defunding Obamacare?” Boehner said. “That’s a very tough argument to make.”

Boehner’s remarks shoot down calls by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other conservatives to threaten a government shutdown if Democrats insist on funding Obamacare in its entirety.

Senate Republicans tried and failed Wednesday to attach an amendment to stopgap government funding legislation that would have defunded the Affordable Care Act — the 34th GOP attempt to dismantle the legislation.

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