The Trump administration wants to put on hold Democrats’ attempt to defend Obamacare until the partial government shutdown ends.
In a filing Wednesday, the Justice Department said it wants to challenge House Democrats’ attempt to get involved in the litigation over the Affordable Care Act. But lawyers can’t meet the deadline to do so because of the federal funding impasse.
Instead, the department asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to pause the case.
“The Department of Justice does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” attorney Martin Totaro wrote.
Trump has said the shutdown could last for “months or even years.”
Democrats oppose the administration’s move to halt their appeal.
“First they refuse to fully defend the #ACA, now they’re trying to stay our ACA case,” tweeted California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra who is leading the appeal.