Senate Republicans are calling on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to block any spending bill that pays for a program they deride as an “ObamaCare taxpayer bailout,” a move that could prompt another shutdown.
The 14 Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), are targeting a temporary ObamaCare provision that aims to reduce the risk for insurers accepting new customers through the government-run exchanges.
In a letter to Boehner, the GOP senators urged him to stop the Obama administration from spending “unappropriated and unauthorized funds,” on the program, which they said would be a misuse of taxpayer dollars.
“We must act to protect Congress’ power of the purse,” they wrote, accusing the president of trying to ignore lawmakers.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both potential 2012 presidential contenders along with Rubio, also signed on to the letter.
If the House chooses to keep the program out of the next spending bill — a move that would be opposed by the White House, the fight could lead to another shutdown. The government is currently funded through Dec. 11.