Chambliss: Shutdown over ObamaCare would play into Obama's hands

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) argued on Sunday that a government shutdown would hurt Republicans politically and harm the public.

Several Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), have argued that congressional Republicans should block any government funding bill that provides money for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature healthcare law. 


If Congress fails to pass a spending resolution by Sept. 30, it would trigger a government shutdown. 

"I appreciate Sen. Cruz's passion, his intent to defund ObamaCare, I would love to do it too," Chambliss said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But shutting down the government and playing into the hands of the president politically is not the right thing to do. Plus, it is going to do great harm to the American people if we pursue that course."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Cruz is "part of a few extreme people in the Senate when it comes to this subject."

"Calling for shutting down the government of the United States, even shutting down the American economy to make his political point—that's not the right way to go," Durbin said on the show.