Defunding Obamacare is going to be tough, but on Thursday, two staunch GOP conservatives said they were not giving up. More than 140 Republicans signed on to a bill Wednesday to keep the government running and delay the "dreaded" health care law.
The plan is to vote on Friday to fund the government until December 15th of 2013 at existing levels, while permanently defunding the health care law.
Saying they are digging in for the long haul. There is Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, whose letter in July to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called for collaboration to "defund 1 of the largest grievances in our time," and was able to attract 79 Republicans to the cause.
The other holdout is third-term Rep. Tom Graves, a 43-year-old from Ranger, Ga., who lists his high school loves as football, algebra and his Mohawk haircut, according to the Associated Press.
Meadows, Graves and other GOP conservatives are closed-mouthed on what would happen if the Democratic-led Senate rejects their legislation and pooh-poohs the talk that a debilitating government shutdown similar to the 1995-1996 one would result.
Graves told reporters that there is a huge difference between 1995 and today, pointing to the type of constituent encountered at Town Hall meetings, saying the hurt and concern is written all over their faces.