Palin backs shutdown showdown over ObamaCare defunding

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is jumping on the push to defund ObamaCare by threatening a government shutdown. 

Palin urged lawmakers to demand that a government funding bill include no funding for ObamaCare in an email sent out by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group running ads pressuring Republican senators to back the effort. 

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"The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over," Palin wrote in the email. "The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now. Join us in urging Senators — Don't Fund Obamacare! Just remember — if you fund it, you own it!"

Palin remains popular among grassroots conservatives and her support could fuel additional Tea Party backing for the defund ObamaCare position.

Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senator pushes Trump to adopt 'constitutional agenda' Waterways bill eyed as solution for Flint No reason why women shouldn't be drafted MORE (R-Utah) and Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Warren takes VP batting practice Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate US, Mexico have mutual ambassadors for first time in over a year MORE (R-Fla.) are among the conservatives who argue the GOP should risk a government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. 

But other Republicans are sounding the alarm bells about the strategy, arguing the GOP will be blamed for a shutdown. 

Some even argue forcing a shutdown would be the only way Republicans could lose their House majority next year. 

Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBenghazi Blues If 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Cameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in MORE (R-Ohio) is calling for his party to back a short-term government funding bill set at the levels of the sequester, which imposed automatic spending cuts on the government. He is not advocating that the bill strip all funds for ObamaCare.



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