Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeCruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill MORE (R-Utah) suggested Thursday that President Obama might have begun planning a government shutdown last year with “malicious” intent.
“Why was it that a few months ago … when the president had both Houses under the control of his party — why did he opt not to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011?” asked Lee, who helped found the Senate’s Tea Party Caucus earlier this year.
The spending measure funding the government is set to expire at midnight Friday.
President Obama has threatened to veto a one-week stopgap measure passed by the House Thursday afternoon that includes language that would prohibit the District of Columbia from using local government funds for abortion services. It is opposed by Senate Democrats and is not expected to reach Obama's desk.
“The question we have to ask ourselves is: Why does Barack ObamaBarack ObamaArmstrong Williams: Obama 'should get on his knees and pray' Obama makes move on 'smart guns' Movie trailer gives peek at Obamas' first date MORE, president of the United States, want a shutdown?” Lee said in his floor speech.