"We just don't want to fund ObamaCare," Lee said on Laura Ingraham's radio show. "And I don't think Harry ReidHarry ReidThe missed opportunity of JASTA States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE has the political wherewithal right now, given the dwindling support for this legislation by the American people, to shut down the government for ObamaCare. He doesn't want to go down in flames defending this law in that way."
Earlier on Wednesday, Sen. Roy BluntRoy BluntDem groups target Blunt with .3 million ad campaign The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Senate rivals gear up for debates MORE (R-Mo.) said he opposed only raising the debt ceiling if ObamaCare was not funded.
"I think holding the debt limit hostage to any specific thing is probably not the best negotiating place," Blunt said.
Lee has said he's rallied enough Republicans to block a continuing resolution if that resolution continues to fund ObamaCare. Sens. John CornynJohn CornynHow the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override McConnell opens door to changing 9/11 bill MORE (Texas) and John ThuneJohn ThuneJudge rejects attempt to stop internet oversight transfer Tech groups file court brief opposing internet transition suit Thune blasts FCC chairman on secrecy MORE (S.D.), both members of the Republican Senate leadership, support Lee's effort, as do prominent Republicans like Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida paper endorses Clinton, writes separate piece on why not Trump GOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzTed CruzJudge rejects attempt to stop internet oversight transfer Tech groups file court brief opposing internet transition suit Cruz criticizes federal law enforcement on terrorism MORE (Texas).
Meanwhile, 64 House Republicans are pushing for a similar effort in their chamber.