GOP senator: Don’t hold debt limit 'hostage' over ObamaCare funds

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Wednesday he opposes a plan endorsed by at least a dozen Republican senators to shut down the government to block funds for ObamaCare.

Speaking with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s "Daily Rundown," Blunt was asked directly if he would oppose a deal to raise the debt limit if it included funding for the president’s signature healthcare reform law.


“No, I don’t support that,” Blunt said.

“I think holding the debt limit hostage to any specific thing is probably not the best negotiating place,” he added.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says he’s recruited more than a dozen Republican colleagues willing to block a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. 30 if it includes funding for ObamaCare.

The second- and third-ranking members of Republican leadership, Sens. John Cornyn (Texas) and John Thune (S.D.), have said they support Lee’s plan, as do influential conservatives and potential presidential candidates Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas).

Blunt joined Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday as the only other Republican senator to speak out against Lee’s efforts.

Sixty-four Republicans in the House have signed on to a similar effort to try and block the president’s signature healthcare reform law.

A number of conservative groups are pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to back Lee. Heritage Action endorsed the effort on Tuesday, and the Club for Growth penned a letter to McConnell on Wednesday urging him to sign on to the plan.