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McConnell backs Obamacare defunding tactic Bevin calls a 'cop-out'

by Joe Arnold


Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- As a government shutdown looms, Kentucky officials are speaking out about the tactics that are separating members of the same political parties. 

Kentucky Senator and top republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said he is not advocating the action taken by Texas Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, in attempting to prevent the House-passed CR from moving through the senate.

McConnell said that “full repeal” is the only way to fully help those trapped by the law.

“Not only does it defund this terrible law,” he said.  “It doesn’t increase government spending by a penny and it keeps the government from shutting down, which nobody wants.  And it does something else, it puts the focus right where it belongs, on the Democrats who voted and continue to vote for Obamacare.”

McConnell’s Republican primary opponent, Matt Bevin, said calling for a repeal when there is no opportunity for repeal is a “cop-out.”

“This is not something the American people want,” he said.  “It’s not something we can afford.”

A test vote is set for September 25 and If the Senate strips the defunding Obamacare measure from the spending bill, it would then fall on the Republican-controlled house to decide whether to insist on defunding the health care law, defeat the senate’s spending bill and, in the process, trigger a government shutdown.

Click the video player above to see the full interview with WHAS11’s Joe Arnold.