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McConnell Won't Block Vote on Bill to Defund Obamacare

5:13 PM, Sep 23, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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An aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the Kentucky senator will not filibuster the House bill to defund Obamacare. 


“Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans’ bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny," the McConnell aide writes in an email. "He will also vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans’ bill. If and when the Majority Leader goes down that path, Washington Democrats will have to decide—without hiding behind a procedural vote—whether or not to split with their leadership and join Republicans and their constituents in opposing the re-insertion of Obamacare funding into the House-passed bill.”

Texas senator Ted Cruz has been urging his colleagues to filibuster the bill to defund Obamacare.

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