Sen. Ron Johnson opposes Obamacare defunding effort

August 14, 2013

The Defund Obamacare movement has lost another key conservative senator.

Kerry_Nomination_0f3c4_image_1024w Sen. Ron Johnson (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), in comments to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, echoed other Republicans who have said it's not a practical strategy to threaten not to fund the government unless the president's health care law is stripped of its funds.

"Even if we were to not pass the continuing resolution [to fund the federal government], you're not going to be able to defund Obamacare, absent of President Obama signing a law, which I think is highly unlikely," Johnson said. "So I appreciate the fact that they've raised the issue. But defunding Obamacare, with President Obama in the White House and Harry Reid in the Senate, I think is next to impossible."

Johnson regularly aligns with the conservative wing of the party, several of whose members -- including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- are leading the defunding effort.

Conservative GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) have also distanced themselves from the proposal.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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