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.
"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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRetreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' Senate locks in deal to vote on debt ceiling hike Thursday MORE (R-Utah) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Tim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter 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 Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again 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.