By Jonathan Easley - 09/18/13 09:29 PM EDT
Ayotte said she has always opposed the president’s healthcare law, citing it as “one of the reasons” she ran for Senate. But Ayotte added that she doesn’t think “shutting down the government is going to be productive.”
Some Republicans, like Ayotte, argue that the resolution will never pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and would be vetoed by Obama. They worry the GOP would take the blame and pay a political price for a government shutdown.
The White House has grasped onto the split among Republicans, saying the GOP is in an “all-out civil war” and is willing to take the country to the brink to satisfy a small number of Tea Party conservatives in the House.
Ayotte’s comments put her at odds with some of her Republican colleagues in the Senate.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday, Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Tex.), and Rand Paul (Ky.), called Boehner’s strategy “a victory for the American people.” The trio urged House Republicans not to accept a resolution to continue funding the government if the Senate sends something back that funds ObamaCare.