With the end of the fiscal year approaching, Congress will need to approve a temporary spending measure — called a “continuing resolution” — to prevent a government shutdown. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have recently said they’ll push for a shutdown unless Democrats agree to defund the Affordable Care Act — a demand Dems will never accept. But they’re not the only ones. As Robert Schlesinger has noted, there’s a third, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who’s pushing the same line. The far-right Utahan made his case on Fox yesterday.
“Congress of course has to pass a law to continue funding government — lately we’ve been doing that through a funding mechanism called a continuing resolution,” Lee said. “If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”