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Marsha Blackburn Is Afraid Obama Will Use Border Money To Fund Obamacare

This image provided by CBS News shows Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaking with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" Sunday
This image provided by CBS News shows Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaking with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Washington. The United States braced for a partial government shutdown Tuesday after the White House and congressional Democrats declared they would reject a bill approved by the Republican-led House to delay implementing President Barack Obama's health care reform. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion to address the crisis brought on by the influx of unaccompanied child migrants surging into the Southern border from Central American countries. Since then, many conservatives have rejected the demand and instead called for additional border security (although the border is not, in fact, insecure).

But on Wednesday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) advanced a different theory: that Obama will actually use a majority of the money to pay for his signature health care law.

"I can guarantee you it's not going to take $1.8 billion for another three months of handling these centers and these children," she said of the amount the president has requested for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- the federal agency that administers the health care law and is providing services to the minors.

"I think they need that money to help bail out Obamacare. And a good reason to vote no on the president's request is because what he's trying to do is shore up money, and that money's fungible once it gets to HHS and can help cover up some of the failings of Obamacare," she reasoned.

Blackburn spoke in an interview with "Washington Watch," a daily radio show hosted by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

In addition to the HHS funding, Obama has requested over $1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and additional monies for the Departments of Justice and State.

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