Updated 8:38 a.m. ET, 9/24/2013
Washington (CNN) – The lurching government shutdown may be headed toward your Facebook page.
With less than a week before Congress must reach a deal to avert a shutdown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting 27 House Republicans with paid Facebook ads this week.
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The ad campaign, "This is Insanity," urges Facebook users to signs petitions and tell members of Congress to take Obamacare off the table as it negotiates a spending bill to fund the government past September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
"Tell Republicans: Don't shut down the gov't to pad health insurance companies' profits," one ad reads, with a photo of House Speaker John Boehner attached.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also launched online ads last week that focused on Republicans who supported the legislative maneuver.
The GOP-controlled Republicans passed a bill Friday that would continue funding the government but would defund Obamacare. The bill is now in the Democratic-led Senate, where it's expected to be stripped of its Obamacare provision. If the two chambers don't reach an agreement soon, the country could face another shutdown.
"House Republicans are doubling down on their insane priorities, by jeopardizing military pay and seniors’ Social Security checks – all so insurance companies have free rein over our health care decisions," said Emily Bittner of the DCCC.
Once the Senate version is sent back to the House, Boehner will have to make a choice. He could decide to sit on the measure, an action that would lead to a government shutdown, which he has said he opposes.
He could also bring the revised bill for a vote and possibly allow for new amendments, or he could allow a vote with no amendments and see if a few dozen Republicans will join House Democrats to pass the Senate bill, thus avoiding the shutdown.
But it all has to happen before midnight on Monday, so the clock is ticking.
While Democrats don't want to see the president's health care law tampered with in the current fiscal showdown, Republicans argue they're simply listening to their constituents who fear Obamacare will have damaging effects on the economy.
“I’ll tell you what’s insane–the fact that House Democrats are so obsessed with protecting Obamacare and their wasteful spending sprees that they are willing to shut down the government," said Daniel Scarpinato, national press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "House Republicans would rather stand with the American people, who are increasingly opposed to ObamaCare and desperately want Washington to get spending under control."
The DCCC's Facebook campaign targets the following members of Congress:
Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan
Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois
Rep. Jeff Denham of California
Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey
Rep. Chris Gibson of Republicans
Rep. Michael Grimm of New York
Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada
Rep. David Joyce of Ohio
Rep. John Kline Minnesota
Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa
Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey
Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
Rep. Gary Miller of California
Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota
Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Rep. Tom Reed of New York
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia
Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey
Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida
Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska
Rep. David Valadao of California
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas
– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.