"Since Obamacare became law, I have voted nearly 60 times to kill, repeal, dismantle and defund it," said Isakson in the Facebook statement. "In keeping with my consistent and strong opposition to Obamacare, I will vote tomorrow for cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the House-passed bill that defunds Obamacare. I will also vote against any attempt by Senate Democrats to restore Obamacare funding to this bill."
The Stability, Security and Fairness resolution, passed by the House of Representatives last week, defunds President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Republicans realize that Senate Democrats will take out the defunding part from the bill and pass the rest of the resolution to keep the government open. Procedurally speaking, Republicans can't do anything about it since they are the minority party in the upper chamber.
Despite that, the Republican senators are under criticism from conservative pundits and activists for not supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his attempt to filibuster the funding bill, penned by House Republicans. Cruz has been speaking on the Senate floor since yesterday however the point of it is unclear, since the Senate procedures don't actually allow him to stop the vote.
"A vote to block the House-passed bill that defunds Obamacare would essentially be a vote in favor of Obamacare," said Isakson. "I will not vote in favor of Obamacare. Furthermore, the Democrats designed Obamacare in a way that allows its funding to continue even if the rest of the government shuts down, so the effect of a shutdown would be to allow Obamacare to go forward while hurting seniors, veterans and our military. To that end, I do not support shutting down the entire federal government."