Posted: Aug 15, 2013 12:00 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 12:00 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law.
Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning.
He said that he won't vote for legislation to continue paying for U.S. government services beyond Sept. 30 if it contains money for the health care law's implementation.
Without passage of that legislation, federal government could be temporarily shuttered.
Republicans are divided over the issue.
Some say a shutdown effort could damage GOP candidates at the polls and create a backlash from the American public.
But participants in Vitter's town hall in Baton Rouge screamed "Shut it down," and loudly cheered the idea as an effort to try to stop the Affordable Care Act.