Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Senator Marco Rubio would prefer to let the federal government shutdown in late March than let a continuing resolution pass if the bill doesn’t completely defund the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Rubio made the declaration on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show Thursday.
“Here is what I’ve said about this continuing resolution, you know Senator Cruz from Texas is offering this amendment to defund Obamacare,” Rubio said. “If that gets onto the bill, in essence if they get a continuing resolution and we vote on that and we can pass it onto a bill, I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it’s temporary, because it does something permanent and that is defund this health care bill.”
Rubio’s stand is more conservative than the House of Representatives, which passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year on Wednesday.
Rubio’s stand is also contrary to public opinion which has swung in favor of keeping Obamacare in place and refining it going forward. The move is also curious because the House of Representatives drew much criticism for wasting tens of millions of dollars holding vote after vote to repeal Obamacare.