Sen. Lee: GOP Scheme to Both Defund AND Fund Obamacare 'Disgraceful'

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | September 11, 2013 | 12:08pm EDT
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In an interview on the nationally syndicated Mark Levin Show yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) slammed the Republican-led initiative to simultaneously propose legislation to fund and defund Obamacare.

Lee rhetorically asked Levin, "With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?"

Lee explained that Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is putting forward two different legislative proposals in one single vote.

One would defund Obamacare.  The other would be a continuing resolution that would fund everything in government, including Obamacare.

This would allow House Republicans to vote both to fund and defund the president's signature health law simultaneously, according to Lee.

Lee says that this proposal would then be sent the Senate which would "pull apart the two pieces of legislation," passing only the spending resolution that funds Obamacare.

"It allows for Republicans or anyone else who claims to be against Obamacare to be able to say they voted against funding Obamacare.

"And yet, still at the same time, allow them also to fund everything in government including Obamacare." Lee said.

"It is the classic Washington two-step," he added.

Lee called the initiative "disgraceful" and implored everyone in the House who purports to be against Obamacare to stand up to the leadership to prevent this proposal from hitting the floor.

"This is the Washington political establishment versus everyone else in America and this represents the worst of Washington politics," Lee said.

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