THE DAILY REPORT
October 18, 2013 — Although the bipartisan agreement reached this week to end the federal government shutdown largely defeated a Republican effort to defund the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) some conservative lawmakers on Thursday pledged to continue their efforts against the law in upcoming budget negotiations, the Washington Post reports (Eilperin, Washington Post, 10/17).
In an interview on Fox News' "Hannity," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said, "We have missed a golden opportunity to do something about it. But we haven't given up the fight." He urged U.S. residents "not [to] feel depressed" about the outcome because "[w]e are going to prevail on this issue. It is just a matter of time" (Cox, "Hill Tube," The Hill, 10/17).
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in an interview with ABC News on Thursday said, "I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare." When asked if he would consider another shutdown over the law, Cruz said, "What I intend to do is continue to stand with the American people working to stop Obamacare" (Blake, "Post Politics," Washington Post, 10/17).
Meanwhile, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), in an interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom," vowed to use "every opportunity" to push for vote on a measure that would bar federal lawmakers and their staff from receiving employer contributions in the exchanges. He said, "I guarantee you [my proposal] will be back," adding, "I'm not going away and this issue is certainly not going away" (Viebeck, "Hill Tube," The Hill, 10/17).