Mississippi’s senators could differ on funding vote

Daily Journal

Mississippi’s U.S. senators may differ on the route to move forward on dealing with spending bills, with a key vote set at about 1 p.m. today.

Sen. Roger Wicker. R-Miss., has pledged to vote Wednesday for a measure that would defund Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act that becomes effective Oct. 1.

“I will vote for the bipartisan House bill to fund the government and defund Obamacare,” he said in a tweet.

Sen. Thad Cochran’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying he is following developing strategies.

“Sen. Cochran is closely tracking the changing and competing strategies related to the continuing resolution now being considered by the Senate. Sen. Cochran opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and has voted repeatedly to repeal and defund that law. He will support proposals that will be effective in getting rid of this healthcare reform law and its negative effects on our families and economy,” the statement said.

Cochran has also been identified with other Republicans who oppose a government shutdown.

“What the shutdown of the government would do is cause a lot of disruption in other departments. It would do nothing to Obamacare,” Wicker has said. “To me, this strategy raises a false hope among those of us who would like to eventually repeal and replace Obamacare.”