In this week’s Speaker Alert, we want to give you a brief state-of-play on efforts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to keep the federal government running and stop as much of the president’s health care law as possible.
“The House worked late into the night Saturday to prevent a government shutdown,” Speaker Boehner explained earlier. “And the Senate now must move quickly, today, to do the same.”
The plan passed by the House and awaiting action by the Senate would…
- …keep the government running: As Speaker Boehner has said repeatedly, “the American people don’t want the government to shut down,” and Republicans are working to prevent it from happening;
- …delay the president’s health care law for one year: President Obama has already delayed health care mandates on big businesses, and has signed seven bills repealing or defunding other provisions of this train wreck. The House-passed bill delays the law for all Americans. [WATCH OUR VIDEO]
- …permanently repeal ObamaCare’s tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids: There’s bipartisan opposition to this tax on critical medical devices which is driving American jobs overseas.
- …protect our troops: The House-passed measure ensures our military men and women get paid no matter what happens in budget negotiations on Capitol Hill.
As of approximately 2:00 PM ET, papers for the House plan had been delivered to the Senate. With a shutdown looming, Senate Democrats are now on the clock.
“If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon instead of working today, it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance by the Senate Democratic leadership,” said Speaker Boehner. “They will be deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown for the sake of raising taxes on seniors’ pacemakers and children’s hearing aids and plowing ahead with the train wreck that is the president’s health care law. The American people will not stand for it.”
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