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Rigell splits with GOP to oppose CR defunding Obamacare.

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Sept. 23, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

Rep. Scott Ri­gell (R-02), hail­ing from a two-point Obama dis­trict, was the only Re­pub­lic­an to vote against a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion on Fri­day de­fund­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act. Ri­gell looked for cov­er on the right be­fore his vote, in­dic­at­ing in a state­ment that he would op­pose any con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tions brought be­fore the Con­gress, ar­guing that it’s time to deal with the coun­try’s budget is­sues on a long-term basis. But, Ri­gell ad­ded, he does still sup­port de­fund­ing Obama­care. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

The Nor­folk Vir­gini­an-Pi­lot praised Ri­gell for his vote, ed­it­or­i­al­iz­ing: “Wash­ing­ton could use more of that kind of in­de­pend­ence.” (Nor­folk Vir­gini­an-Pi­lot)

Amer­ic­ans for Tax Re­form cri­ti­cized Ri­gell on its blog, writ­ing: “Ri­gell’s ra­tionale? House bill didn’t in­crease spend­ing enough”¦” (re­lease)
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