Renee Ellmers, a sophomore Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, has criticized a conservative group's campaign to get congressional Republicans to support defunding Obamacare by way of the continuing budget resolution.
Ellmers, a nurse who entered her first political race in 2010 in response to Obamacare, knocked Heritage Action, saying the organization is targeting conservatives opposed to defunding the health care law in next month's budget battle instead of Democrats:
Heritage Action, the activist offshoot of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, has been touring the country and hold town hall meetings encouraging citizens to tell their representatives to defund Obamacare. The effort would tie defunding to the continuing budget resolution that would fund the government. A continuing resolution that defunded the health care law would be defeated in the Democratic Senate, but Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz have argued for blocking any funding legislation that continues to spend money on Obamacare.
As Stephen F. Hayes reports in the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress have indicated they are unlikely to support that defund effort, though a sizable number of House Republicans appear to be moving toward the Cruz-Heritage Action side.