(CNSNews.com) - Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said that members of Congress must do everything in their power to block the individual mandate in President Obama's signature health care law from going into effect in 2014.
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked Sessions: "Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) wants the upcoming continuing resolution (CR) to include language that prohibits funding for the individual mandate in Obamacare because the [similar] mandate for big corporations has already been postponed. Do you agree with Senator Lee and do you think funding for the individual mandate should be halted?"
"We should do everything that we can to block that... (to) undo Obamacare,” Sessions responded.
Lee has spent the last two weeks stating that he will refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that continues to fund the federal government past September 30th if it includes funding for the individual mandate component of Obamacare.
“The remedy is for Congress to refuse to fund the implementation of the program that the president insists is not ready to be implemented,” said Lee in an interview with CNSNews.com on July 11.
On July 2, the Obama administration announced that the section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide health insurance to employees would be postponed a year until 2015. But the individual mandate is still slated to go into effect in 2014.
“Right now, this is the last stop before Obamacare fully kicks in on Jan. 1 of next year, for us to refuse to fund it." Lee told FOX News Monday.
"It would be irresponsible at this point for Congress to pass any appropriations measure and any continuing resolution that would contain funding for the ongoing, further enforcement and implementation of Obamacare as long as these conditions remain in place.”
Lee sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stating that "if the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it."
A spokesman for Lee confirmed Friday morning that the letter was signed by 12 Senate Republicans, including Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), James Risch (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyoming), John Thune (S.D.), James Inhofe (Okla.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Rand Paul (Ky.), David Vitter (La.), Deb Fischer (Neb.) and Jeff Chisea (N.J.). Sessions was among the 34 Republican Senators who have yet to sign on.
A similar measure is being undertaken in the House by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) remained non-committal. "No decision has been made about how we're going to deal with the CR next month, in September," Boehner said when asked Thursday about the proposal by CNSNews.com.