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Labrador co-sponsors bill to avert government shutdown only if health reform defunded, delayed

1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador announced today that he is co-sponsoring a resolution introduced today by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1 only if President Obama's health care law is both de-funded and its individual mandate to purchase insurance delayed for a year. “If there’s any single issue that can unite House Republicans and has the strong support of the American people, it’s getting rid of ObamaCare,” Labrador declared. "The resolution I’m cosponsoring will keep the government open while keeping overall spending at the same rate the Senate has already agreed to through the sequester.  House Leadership should bring it to the floor for a vote.  If the House passes it and the Senate rejects it, it will be the Senate that’s responsible for shutting down the government.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but House Republicans must seize this opportunity to keep our promises to the American people on ObamaCare.” 

Click below for Labrador's full news release. Meanwhile, President Obama, in a White House speech yesterday, blasted House Republicans who are taking that position, saying, "I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can't get 100% of what it wants." In his speech, which House GOP leaders criticized as partisan, Obama asked, "Are some of these folks so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they're willing to tank our whole economy?"

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Tuesday | September 17, 2013

 

 

LABRADOR COSPONSORS BILL TO

STOP GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN,

DELAY OBAMACARE

EAGLE, ID – Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) announced today that he is a cosponsor of a resolution introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014 while fully delaying and defunding ObamaCare until 2015.  The Graves resolution – which has 59 cosponsors – would prevent a government shutdown from taking place after September 30, 2013, when current funding for the government expires.

“If there’s any single issue that can unite House Republicans and has the strong support of the American people, it’s getting rid of ObamaCare,” said Rep. Labrador.  “House Republicans should listen to the majority of Americans that are worried that ObamaCare will negatively impact their health care.  The Administration has already delayed the employer mandate to 2015.  The Congress should delay the mandate for American families too.  The resolution I’m cosponsoring will keep the government open while keeping overall spending at the same rate the Senate has already agreed to through the sequester.  House Leadership should bring it to the floor for a vote.  If the House passes it and the Senate rejects it, it will be the Senate that’s responsible for shutting down the government.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but House Republicans must seize this opportunity to keep our promises to the American people on ObamaCare.” 

H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution would achieve long-term stability by funding the government for the next fiscal year. Additionally, it includes the three House-passed appropriations bills that affect our national security and our veterans.

Summary:

Keeps the government open for FY2014.

·         A Continuing Resolution for FY2014 for the nine non-security bills, with overall spending for the entire bill, security and non-security, at the post-sequestration number of $967.4 billion.

Prioritizes funding for national security and veterans.

·         Includes the Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills for FY2014 as passed by the House.

Provides healthcare fairness and taxpayer relief by defunding and delaying ObamaCare until 2015.

 

 

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