“There were many of us elected specifically with this mandate in mind that we have to stop this law,” Sen. Lee told FOX’s Chris Wallace.
Lee is leading a group of senate republicans proposing vote down a funding bill this Fall. He scoffs at the possibility of a shutdown.
"We all know that the government is going to get funded the only question is whether the government gets funded with Obamacare or without it,” he said.
But fellow congressional conservatives are criticizing the Utah senator for using the risk of a shutdown as a bargaining chip. They worry it'll hurt republicans in the voting booth.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Ok) called the plan the political equivalent of a "temper tantrum". Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said it's "the dumbest idea I've heard".
But no amount criticism is fazing Sen. Lee. “I understand there are some in the Washington establishment who aren't happy with me on this and in this instance I’m going to take that as a compliment, an indicator that I'm doing something right,” he said.
If Lee is successful only parts of Obamacare that haven't taken affect would be in jeopardy, such as the individual mandate. And it would only be delayed for a year until the next funding bill. But he'll first need the support 41 senators. Already five senators who had originally signed on have now dropped their support.