Local lawmakers weigh in on defunding Obamacare

Linda Norman, right, and Joanna Galt, both from Florida, hold their banners during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 20, 2013 8:34:02 PM PDT
The federal government is one step closer to a potentially crippling shutdown in just ten days and local lawmakers were on both sides of the issue.

Republicans in the House pushed through a spending bill Friday that would keep the government running, but it would also eliminate funding for Obamacare.

Rep. Renee Ellmers returned to Raleigh after standing with a group of colleagues in Washington celebrating a 230 to 189 vote, which was almost strictly down party lines, approving a bill to keep the federal government running.

"We have what we have now," said Ellmers. "The American people have spoken on what they wanted and we followed through on it."

As a condition, Republicans insisted on defunding Obamacare. It's a move Ellmers first blasted on her blog site saying that any threat to shut down the federal government over funding Obamacare in the continuing resolution is a political game and a distraction.

ABC11 asked her about what she said.

"No. I have never said that I would not vote to defund Obamacare," said Ellmers. "I have been committed to this effort before I even ran for office."

ABC11 asked if she thought the bill would pass in the Senate.

"The cynical side of me says no," said Ellmers. "Unfortunately, I don't believe Harry Reid will address this issue."

That is why Democrat David Price hammered Republicans.

"We're not going to threaten to bring destruction and great damage to the country," said Price. "We're just not going to do that. It's out of line. It's over the line."

Most believe the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Some are saying it's designed to shift blame to Democrats for an imminent shutdown.

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