LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Kentucky's Senior Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is getting push back on social media for not standing with fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz in his nearly 22 hour
grand-stand on the Senate floor Tuesday into Wednesday over the budget battle that could lead to a government shutdown.
The sticking point for Cruz and his supporters is to defund Obama's Affordable Care Act while they prop up the government with a looming shutdown nearing.
The Senate is moving ahead on a new bill that keeps the government running temporarily, while also keeping funding for the ACA.
This bill will then move to the House, which is controlled by the GOP, which might give a challenge the Senate's version of the bill.
John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, "I do not see that happening."
The House's passed a similar bill last week, that would fund the government through mid-December, but stripped all funding from the ACA.
"The American people don't want the President's health care bill, and they don't want the government to shut down," Boehner said. "Republicans are listening."
Even if the government shutdown is adverted, another battle between the GOP and their Democratic counterparts is looming with the debt ceiling again.
Yesterday Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the government will credit limit on Oct. 17 if Congress doesn't vote to raise the debt ceiling again.
Republicans are going to use that opportunity to again challenge the health care law.
Republicans are unveiling a plan that will raise the debt ceiling, but only with a one year delay in the implementation of the health care law, along with government spending cuts.
The White House says that cutting a deal on the debt ceiling is not going to happen.