Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), the lone House Republican to vote against a government spending bill that would defund Obamacare last week, called on his party to accept defeat and pass a continuing resolution leaving President Barack Obama’s signature health care law intact.
“We fought the good fight,” Rigell wrote on Twitter. “Time for a clean CR.”
Rigell opposed the defunding effort last week because it kept automatic budget cuts known as sequestration in place, affecting much of the federal and military employees in his Virginia district. He voted with House Republicans three times on Monday night however, hours before the federal government shutdown, to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate.
“I call upon the Senate to act immediately and pass this spending bill so that our friends and neighbors don’t suffer any more than they already have,” he said, again lamenting the sequester.