15 Republicans Who Will Shut The Government Down If They Don’t Get Their Way

Republican Senators are threatening to force a government shutdown unless Democrats agree to give up on the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has gotten 14 of his colleagues to sign a letter pledging to block a bill to fund government operations unless Obamacare is defunded, according to conservative activist and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson.

The list includes such prominent members as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX):

The law passed over three years ago, was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court over a year ago, and has survived almost 40 separate House votes to repeal it.


At the end of September, government funding under a March continuing resolution will run out. Without appropriations bills or another continuing resolution, the government would be forced to close.

A shutdown would likely cause 800,000 federal employees around the country to be furloughed, disrupting public services even further than sequestration cuts already have. A shutdown would also freeze many government programs like small business lending and environmental assessments for construction projects, exacerbating sequestration’s damage to the economy.

While individual Republicans have frequently expressed personal support for a shutdown, Lee has succeeded at getting about a third of the Senate GOP caucus on board with his threat.