Rep. Peter King, R.-N.Y., said Republicans should be searching for ways to de-fund or repeal the Obama health care act. But he called threatening to shut down the government “terror politics” and said the strategy wouldn’t work. Others have worried that the gamesmanship could cause Republicans to lose control of the House.
Some observers say it’s an idea doomed to fail anyway, since Obama brings both a veto pen and the White House podium to the battle.
“We should not be closing down the government under any circumstances,” King said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has taken just that tack, rounding up fellow conservatives to pledge to oppose any budget extension that funds implementation of the health care law. Sunday, he said it was unfair to implement a law that many Americans don’t want and that still has wrinkles that need to be ironed out.
“I understand that there’s some in the Washington establishment, some from both political parties, that weren’t happy with me over this,” Lee said on “Fox News Sunday.” ”And in this instance, I’m going to take that as a compliment, an indication that I’m doing something right.”
“The fact is that we can delay this bill,” he added. “And if we can delay it, we can stop its consequences, at least for now.”
Lew maintains that the president won’t negotiate over the debt limit.
“The mere fact of negotiating over the debt limit, after 2011, would introduce this notion that somehow there’s a question about whether or not we’re going to pay our bills, whether or not we’re going to protect the full faith and credit of the United States,” Lew said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” ”Well, it’s not OK to default. Congress can’t let us default.”
“(Congress) has to stop looking for what’s the last possible moment,” Lew told “Fox News Sunday.” ”They should get back after they take their time off in August and they should finish their work and get it done so that there’s no uncertainty about America’s ability to pay its bills.”