U.S. Senate Republican McConnell won't block funding bill: aides

WASHINGTON Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:32pm EDT

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen. John Cornyn,( R-TX) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen. John Cornyn,( R-TX) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will not back an effort by members of his own party to block a bill that would avert a government shutdown next week, his office said on Monday.

In a brief statement, his office said McConnell supports the House-passed measure, which would also defund Obamacare. Republicans led by Ted Cruz of Texas vow to try to block the bill unless there are assurances that Democrats will not remove the defunding provision.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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xyz2055 wrote:
The healthcare lobby must be calling the Republican’s night and day. While I think there are certainly problems with the Affordable Care Act, it’s a amusing that some of the major health insurers are refusing to get into the exchanges. But those exchanges create competition for pricing. BCBS has been on a rampage in California. Raising rates when ever they want. There needs to be more competition.

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