Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded
March 8th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded

(CNN) – Legislation funding the federal government for the next several months wouldn't gain support from Sen. Marco Rubio unless the bill de-funds President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, the Florida Republican said on Thursday.

Rubio, long an opponent of Obamacare, said he could support a so-called continuing resolution bill if it includes an amendment stripping funding from the Affordable Care Act. Such an amendment has been offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, who like Rubio was elected with support from the tea party.

Rubio made the statement on the Hugh Hewitt radio show: "Senator Cruz from Texas is offering this amendment to defund Obamacare. If that gets onto the bill, in essence if they get a continuing resolution and we vote on that and we can pass it onto a bill, I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it's temporary, because it does something permanent and that is de-fund this health care bill, this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy."

In Rubio's home state, a key provision of Obamacare was recently endorsed by the state's Republican governor. Rick Scott said he would accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in the Sunshine State, which is an optional facet of Obamacare. Other Republican governors have said they would not accept the federal funding to expand the program for low-income Americans.

In introducing his amendment delaying funding for Obamacare in the continuing resolution, Cruz wrote the health care law was "already hurting small businesses, reducing the hours Americans are allowed to work, forcing employers to drop coverage, and leading to substantial increases in healthcare premiums-especially for young people."

While Republicans have railed against Obamacare since its implementation in 2010, most admit the prospects of repeal dimmed significantly with the president's re-election last year. Cruz's amendment de-funding the measure is one way Republicans are keeping opposition to the law in the spotlight.

The amendment, however, doesn't face a bright future in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 53-45 majority. Two independent senators caucus with Democrats.

On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled House passed a measure keeping the federal government funded through September. The legislation also softened the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts that were triggered at the beginning of March. The Senate is expected to adopt its own version of the government funding bill the further alleviates the impact of the spending cuts.

The continuing resolution is needed to extend authorization for government spending beyond the current March 27 deadline.

A partial government shutdown would occur if Congress fails to extend funding authorization by the deadline in three weeks' time, but leaders of both parties say they don't want another political showdown over the legislation.

Filed under: Health care • Marco Rubio • Ted Cruz
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Obamacare is already proving itself to be a fiscal disaster and it isn't even fully in place. The cost has TRIPLED and will go higher. With the country spiraling down the debt tiolet at record speed, Obamacare will only accelerate the sprint to bankruptcy. But as the Democrats love to say... we don't have a spending problem, we have a paying for it problem! How nice to just spend our money, lie to us about the costs, then attack us because we "aren't paying our fair share". Total liberal insanity. Wake up America before the Democrats and their far left extremists bankrupt the country and render your money and savings worthless in the process.

    March 8, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Tom

    I knew it! Republicans simply cannot tolerate even a glimmer of good economic news. Now they're going to shut down the government to throw the country back into a recession.

    March 8, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, poor Mr. Marco Rubio. "Look at me" isn't working too well for him as a moderate so he's going full TeaPer mode to get some cash donations.

    When will he ever learn?
    When. Will. They. Ever. Learn.

    The battle of the "new" GOPer messaging begins. Same as the "old" GOPer messaging.


    March 8, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. PJ

    Cruz and Rubio, battling it out for Hispanic Darling of the Year.
    Saw a new word being floated around in Texas: "Crubio".
    Ted Cruz is pure Tea Party and I have not heard a reasonable word out of his mouth since elected, sadly we
    are stuck with him for 6 years.
    I usually try to accept the person voted in as our Senators, but this guy does not represent me in any way, shape, or
    form. I reject him and his hateful tactics and words.

    March 8, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. DaveinSC

    Same old story. It's only good for the country if it's good for the wealthy. The rest of the country doesn't matter and are fodder for the rich.

    March 8, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. just sayin

    I knew it! Republicans simply cannot tolerate even a glimmer of good economic news

    over 4 years later and $6 trillion further in debt and we are supposed to get all excited about a one month report and "a glimmer of good economic news"??? i think we have been ripped off and lied to quite frankly and continue to be ripped off and lied to. so no celebrations from me. just the reality of almost 8% unemployment with no end in sight, along with trillion dollar deficits.

    March 8, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    blah blah blah from the lying anchor baby.

    March 8, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Joe

    Whaa...whaa....the Teabagger's story isn't playing out withe the economy improving much to their dismay. Rubio, you are a pathetic mouthpiece for these nut jobs....Palin in pants.

    March 8, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. chilly g

    rudio you will never be president of the usa, in fact you won with 47 percent of the vote and will proably loose the
    next time around.the health care ls the law of the land and is here to stay, its the law.

    March 8, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Patricia

    Ok which way are they going with this? Politico runs a story today with Boehner saying that a memo was sent to the President to extend Obamacare. Now Rubio says defund it. This would be a joke if they were not all in the same building and supposed to be in the same party. But the TParty has the GOP twisted into knots.

    March 8, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Not_an_Idiot

    This guy is one of the most fake people in the Senate, right there next to Cruz. Doesn't matter what ethnicity they are, the message is the same! That is the fundemental flaw of the GOP right now..."change the messanger, then the minorities will listen!" Yea, good one guys. How about you learn from your mistakes and try something new? I'm a democrat but I can honestly say that I do believe in some of the Republican ideals (fiscal, i.e. reform entitlements, cut spending), but their social ideals only want to hurt any race that isn't white and that is the truth. Voting records and proposed bills do not lie, but rhetoric sure does, and the Republicans are FULL of rhetoric (even though they are full of more than just that).

    March 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Joi Gibson

    As a Floridian, I say, Senator Rubio – give it a rest already. It is the law – deal with it. Stop creating more problems – we have enough as is. And why even bother when you know that issue does not have a snowball's chance in hell in the Senate – you are wasting energy. Deal with the issue at hand – funding of the government. Do your job sir!!!! Besides, even Governor Lurch has seen the light and is accepting the Medicaid expansion for Florida (although those fools in the Florida legislature are sure to fight him). My goodness, I cannot wait until the mid-terms to get rid of Scott and his cronies. Too bad it is not Rubio's time to go.

    March 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. frespech

    Rubio, say hello to my lettle friend. Defund Obama care. How about not funding any latino immigration reform.

    March 8, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Rachel

    Where is the "glimmer of good economic news"? The jobs figure is just not real. Most people have given up looking for real jobs like America use to have. Blame the Democrats for the failure of our economic system. When the Democrats decided that not enough poor people owned their home which is an American right they forced the lending companies to make bad loans and then blamed wall street, banks, republicans, every one but the right ones to blame

    March 8, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Laverne

    So glad Rubio is showing his true colors now, he is going to be sorely disappointmented if he thinks he is going to be the GOP's savior. The American people see right though this "he's a latino, cuban or whatever he is, see people we embrace diversity" which is a load of CRAP.

    March 8, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. carrotroot

    Rubio claim to fame seems to be that he is the GOP's token poster child for the face of their Latino outreach. Unfortuantely, they are putting the carriage before the horse. He has accomplished NOTHING in the Senate, and he has been an absolute poser on immigration reform. It is clear he's more concerned about his 2016 Presidential prospects than his actual day job.

    March 8, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it's temporary, because it does something permanent
    Rubio is sounding like Sarah Palin in drag.

    March 8, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And THIS is the GOP's best and brightest?

    March 8, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. wilwright7

    So basically, the unemployment rate could have hit zero and the Republicans would still complain about Obama.

    March 8, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Haha...fat chance dopey doolittle. This is just more howling at the moon to appease the radicalized base they've saddled themselves with.

    What' shilarious about this is that Boehner just finished yammering yesterday about how the Dem Senate shouldn't try to load up the constinuing resolution with partisan goodies...whch we all know was more projection, since that's what the GOP/Teatrolls in the House have been doing all along in order to "make demands that must be met in exchange for funding the gov't"...but here we have their darling Trojan Token directly contradicting him just a day later, demanding that the blatantly partisan non-starter of defuncing the ACA be tacked onto the continuing resolution or he won't vote for it.

    Please proceed, Teatrolls. /popcorn

    March 8, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Rubio is sounding like Sarah Palin in drag."

    In light of Jabberwocky Barbie's age, she's no doubt starting to go thru "the change" I wouldn't be suprised if she's now pushing more testosterone than the Trojan Token ever had in his life.

    March 8, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "And THIS is the GOP's best and brightest?"

    Those fancy blue xenon headlights the GOP/Teatrolls are not. More like a whole fleet of clown car pedittles.

    March 8, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. John in Brooklyn

    So, in other words, Rubio wants to de-fund Medicare and Medicaid. What he forgets is that Obamacare redirects funds into these programs as well as universal coverage. What an idiot.

    March 8, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it's temporary, because it does something permanent
    Rubio is sounding like Sarah Palin in drag.

    Too funny! You could also say too that she learned them good.

    March 8, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    Uh Rubio, save your right wing grand standing for the right in 2016....The affordablr care act is LAW now, with a stamp of approval form the Supreme Court......smh.....fighting last terms battles....

    March 8, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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