Scott Tipton: Keep government open, delay Obamacare
September 29, 2013
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, issued the following statement on votes in the House of Representatives to keep the government open, ensure the troops are paid on time and delay Obamacare for one year:
Over the past month in town hall meetings and through thousands of phone calls, emails and letters, I have received a strong message from my constituents — keep government open and stop the Obamacare train-wreck in the most effective way possible. Obamacare is already hurting jobs in my district, driving up costs and making it harder for many people, especially in rural communities, to access the care they deserve.
Regardless of political affiliation, as Americans we can all agree that we need an accessible and affordable health care system. We hope that with today's vote the President will engage us on the serious proposals we have put forward in the house including the Empowering Patient's First Act and the American Health Care Reform Act, to truly move to a health care system that is affordable and accessible to all.
We voted in the House to amend the Senate CR to delay Obamacare for a year, giving all Americans the same reprieve from the law's fees, increased health care costs, restricted access to care and penalties, from which the President has already exempted businesses and elites. We also passed a repeal of Obamacare's medical device tax, a crippling $30 billion penalty that could cost over 40,000 American jobs.
Additionally, we passed a standalone bill to ensure that troops are paid on time should the Senate force a government shutdown. The brave men and women standing in harm's way in defense of our nation shouldn't have to worry about paying their bills because of Washington's dysfunction.
It's clear that the majority of the American people don't want a government shutdown or Obamacare. The House has listened by voting to keep government open and delay Obamacare for all Americans, not just an elite few. Now it's up to Harry Reid and the Senate to reconvene and do the same. I urge my Senate colleagues to join us in keeping the government open and giving all Americans equal treatment under the law, as well as engaging in a conversation on the plans the House has put forward to improve accessibility and affordability in our health care system.
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Legislation passed by the House Saturday:
· H.J. Res. 59 Amendment 1: Repeals the medical device tax to the continuing resolution and keeps government open through Dec. 15.
· H.J. Res. 59 Amendment 2: Delays Obamacare for one year to the continuing resolution and keeps government open through Dec. 15.
· H.R. 3210: Ensures that the troops get paid in the event of a government shutdown.