Top Republicans Refuse to Sign Pledge to De-Fund Obamacare

By Penny Starr | September 10, 2013 | 5:55pm EDT

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( -- The Senate Conservatives Fund website shows that 1.2 million people have signed a pledge to defund the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. But a number of top Republicans apparently have refused to sign the pledge, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

No Republicans, in either the Senate or the House, voted to pass Obamacare, which became law in March 2010.

The senators’ website, which also features a stopwatch counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the end of the fiscal year and a proposed continuing resolution to keep the government funded – names the 11 Republican Senators who "won't pledge" to sign the petition.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Aside from McConnell, McCain, and Graham, the other Republican Senators who "won't pledge" to sign are Richard Shelby (Ala.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Orin Hatch (Utah).

The 13 Republican Senators who have signed the pledge are Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), David Vitter (La.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Jeff Chiesa (N.J.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.)

The remaining Republican Senators are listed as not having signed the pledge as opposed to those who have said they will not sign it.

The senators in support of defunding Obamacare have said they will vote for a continuing resolution that will fund government operations but not the health care law.

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