House GOPer: Defunding Obamacare Is ‘Off The Table’

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October 10, 2013 12:53 p.m.

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) acknowledged Thursday that defunding Obamacare is not going to be a part of the ongoing debate about re-opening the government and increasing the debt limit.

“It all started of course because House Republicans linked the complete defunding of Obamacare to government spending. Whatever happened to that? In an op-ed in USA Today today [you said], ‘Republicans have asked for two things on Obamacare and one thing on the debt ceiling,’ but you didn’t mention defunding Obamacare. Is that just off the table now?” Jake Tapper asked on CNN.

“That’s currently off the table,” Lankford, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, Tapper. “I can tell you that’s where my constituents are overwhelmingly. They don’t want this law to go into effect at all, but that’s obviously not going to happen at this point.”

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