Fitzpatrick: No Government Shutdown

Fitzpatrick: No Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Friday regarding the House’s passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) which would keep the government fully funded and operating through December:

“I voted for a Continuing Resolution which will give both Republicans and Democrats the time needed to write a workable plan to put our country back on the right track.  Today’s vote keeps the government running and fulfills our financial obligations.

Furthermore, the Resolution holds the Administration accountable for their disjointed and inept implementation of the President’s healthcare law.  Simply put, President Obama made promises to the American people and right now those promises aren’t being kept.  People were told if they like their plan, they can keep it.  We were told that the healthcare law wouldn’t raise taxes only to see that 20 taxes are being used to fund this law. 

Within the past few weeks, countless neighbors employed by Sesame Place have been told their hours will be cut back, presumably to comply with the crushing costs and regulations associated with the so-called Affordable Care Act.  Adding insult to injury, they are being told that their healthcare is being terminated because of the law. This is just happening in my district; it's a trend we're seeing nationwide. 

These promises have been broken, and my neighbors are seeing it up close and personal.

While I believe this law should be repealed and replaced, I urge the President to consider affording the American people the same one year delay granted to businesses by the Administration.  As our President, this would be a strong first step to lead us to a path that avoids posturing and conflicts in funding the government through a Continuing Resolution and making good on our obligations via the Debt Ceiling.

I am hopeful the Senate will act quickly on this legislation in good faith, allowing Congress and the Administration to use this fall as an opportunity to “go big” and get to the heart of what is holding our country back.  We can solve these problems so long as decision-makers focus on the end game, not the parlor game. 

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On Friday, Fitzpatrick sent a letter to President Barack Obama detailing frustrations with the Affordable Care Act, and providing evidence that it was hurting local families. Read the letter HERE

Fitzpatrick also took to the House floor to call for a full repeal and replacement of the president’s health care law. Watch HERE

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.