McConnell for Emerging Fiscal Deal
The Senate Conservatives Fund on Monday slammed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ri-KY) for negotiating a fiscal deal that leaves Obamacare largely intact.
"Now McConnell is working with Harry Reid on a plan to fund Obamacare and raise the debt limit," said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, in a statement.
"Not only will this plan force Americans to pay for a law they oppose, it will force them to borrow more money to do it," he said.
Senate Republicans are expected to hold a conference meeting Tuesday to discuss the emerging deal.
Republicans who vote for it, however, could face critical television ads from the Senate Conservative Fund, which has targeted about a half-dozen GOP senators over the Obamacare defunding fight in recent months.
"So now Mitch McConnell is negotiating the Republican surrender," Hoskins said. "He gave the Democrats a blank check back in July when he signaled he would do anything to avoid a shutdown and now Democrats can demand whatever they want. It's humiliating.
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"Mitch McConnell has left his party powerless," Hoskins added.
Hoskins said McConnell pushed GOP colleagues into adopting the "untenable position that all government programs must be funded if they are part of current law."
He argued Republicans have a constitutional right to protect American taxpayers from having to pay for "misguided programs."
A spokesman for McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Senate aides familiar with the emerging deal say it would fund government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit until February.
Democrats say it will not include any reforms of the Affordable Care Act unless Republicans give them something in return.
A Senate aide said setting up a process to verify the income claims of people applying for subsidies through the insurance exchanges could be palatable because doing so would merely enforce the existing law.
McConnell announced on Monday that his talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have made good progress.
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