Rubio: ‘All We Want to Shut Down Is Obamacare’

By Penny Starr | September 27, 2013 | 4:16 PM EDT

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( – Following the cloture vote in the Senate on Friday and the subsequent stripping of the measure to defund Obamacare – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – who voted against it – said that Democrats are “obsessed” with shutting down the government and that he and other Republicans only want to stop the health care law.

“It sounds like the Democrats here in Washington are obsessed with shutting down the government, and that’s all they talk about,” Rubio said at a stake out with reporters outside the Senate chamber. “I don’t know anyone who wants to shut down the government. The only thing we want to shut down is Obamacare.”

Following the cloture vote, the Senate voted 54-44 to fund the government through Nov. 15 and by the same vote count stripped the measure that would have prevented defunded Obamacare.

“The reason we want to shut down Obamacare is because of the harm it’s doing to the American middle class – the hard working people who get up in the morning and are working hard just to try to get ahead,” Rubio said. “Our entire lives we’ve been told that this is a country where if you work hard and you sacrifice you can get ahead and achieve a better life.

“And those of us in elected office should be against anything that is an impediment to that dream,” Rubio said. “And Obamacare is an impediment to that dream.”

Now the bill goes back to the House as a “clean” continuing resolution – three days ahead of a government shutdown unless some legislation reaches the president’s desk on Tuesday.

“Today we had an opportunity to do that, and sadly, a handful of our colleagues in the Democratic Party who come from states, quite frankly, where people do not support Obamacare, decided that party loyalty was more important than loyalty to the American middle class and the hard-working men and women of our country,” Rubio said.

Twenty-five Senate Republicans joined Democrats for the cloture vote.