Bachmann: Health care funding ruined budget deal

Published 2:52 pm Monday, April 11, 2011

PELLA, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota congresswoman and potential GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she will vote against the federal budget compromise because it fails to remove funding for the president’s health care overhaul.

Bachmann, a tea party favorite, on Friday voted against extending funding while the final compromise was written.

She told a conservative Iowa crowd on Monday that she would oppose the compromise bill, saying “voters expected us to defund Obama-care.”

Bachmann spoke as part of a series sponsored by The Family Leader. The conservative organization is inviting prospective presidential candidates to Iowa, home to the nation’s first presidential caucuses.

Aides say Bachmann could decide by next month whether to seek the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.