Rubio: Obama's the one who wants a shutdown

Rubio and other Republicans are threatening to allow a shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded

By Jillian Rayfield

Published August 1, 2013 4:36PM (EDT)

Sen. Marco Rubio argued that it's President Obama who is pushing for a government shutdown, not the group of Republicans trying to defund Obamacare.

“Well, the one who’s threatening to shut down the government is the president and his Democratic allies,” Rubio said on Fox News, as quoted by Politico. He continued: “What they’re basically saying is unless the budget funds Obamacare, they won’t support it. They’re basically saying that unless we fund Obamacare they are willing to shut down the government."

Rubio is part of a group of tea party Republicans threatening to block a continuing resolution that would fund the government after the end September, if that measure includes funding for Obamacare. The plan, which has divided Republicans, would likely result in a government shutdown, since the Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama would not approve a measure that didn't include funding for the law.

A study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service found that even if the government does shut down, the Affordable Care Act would still have funding.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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