Both Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais plan to support a House version of a continuing resolution Friday, which also strips funding for the Affordable Care Act.
If approved, the bill will set in motion a process that could send the federal government to a shutdown on Oct. 1.
Despite the threat, both congressmen said Thursday they hoped their votes would force Senate members to join efforts to defund the health law, which was approved and signed into effect in 2010 and upheld as constitutional in a 2012 Supreme Court ruling.
Fleischmann said his vote would reflect the interests of constituents in the 3rd District.
"The American people have come to a point where they realize the implementation of Obamacare and the horrific effects of it are coming home to roost," Fleischmann said in an interview with Nooga.com. "The people of the 3rd District have basically come to abhor Obamacare. This will force the Senate to address the issue. We're going to vote, send it to the Senate and see what we get back."
In a news release, DesJarlais said he would support the bill because it defunded "the single greatest threat" to both the nation's health care system and its economy.
"The president's health care law is an unmanageable disaster that will increase health care costs, restrict access to quality care and bankrupt our nation," DesJarlais said. "It is now time for the Democratic-controlled Senate to hear the pleas of the American people and join House Republicans in defunding this law that should never have been passed in the first place."
If approved, the Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to remove health law provisions of the House bill and send a "simple government funding measure" back to the lower chamber, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Lawmakers would then be forced to either pass the resolution as is or engage in another round of wrangling over provisions and run the risk of a shutdown.
Both Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander have expressed opposition to the tactic. On Thursday morning, Corker sent a tweet criticizing his Republican colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz, for his support of stripping a CR of funding to implement the health law.
"I didn't go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count—the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position," Corker said, making a direct reference to his Harvard- and Princeton-educated fellow senator.
Corker's tweet generated national coverage, with a Politico report saying the senator "took a whack" at his colleague for encouraging action that could result in a shutdown blamed on members of the Republican Party.
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