by Randy Neugebauer on September 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Last week, I joined 42 of my colleagues as we introduced a bill to fund the government for the next year while delaying and defunding Obamacare. H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, authored by Congressman Tom Graves, protects savings from the sequester and prioritizes funding for veterans and national defense. This legislation is being offered as an alternative to a proposed Continuing Resolution, or CR, that would fund the government until mid-December of this year. The current funding for the government expires on September 30th. Unless we pass an extension of that funding, the government will shut down on October 1st.
I am concerned that a government shutdown could damage our economy, and most importantly, would be harmful for our troops. We risk cutting off pay for military personnel or death benefits for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty until the government reopens at end of a shutdown.
We must do everything we can to defund Obamacare and protect patients from higher costs and reduced health care services, while doing our best to keep the government open. That’s why I’m joining Rep. Graves on an alternative solution—one that keeps the government open, and takes every possible action to delay and defund Obamacare until we next vote on spending and appropriations. It’s an approach that is favored and endorsed by many prominent conservatives, who want to see real progress on defunding Obamacare. You can learn more about the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution here.
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