Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the following statement regarding H.J.Res 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2014, a short term government funding measure that preserves the harmful cuts of the sequester and fully defunds the Affordable Care Act.
"Today, House Republicans did nothing more than prove that they know the price of everything, and the value of nothing. This is not governance. This is not what the American people want. This is no way to run a lemonade stand, let alone the greatest nation in the world.
"My colleagues on the other side of the aisle appear to have no interest in our economic recovery. They appear to have no interest in ensuring the wellbeing of our citizens through affordable health care. They appear to have no interest in providing our American businesses with the certainty necessary to hire American workers, expand their businesses and prosper. Simply put, House Republicans have taken our nation hostage with a list of unattainable partisan demands that fly in the face of the American working family--demands they know they will never receive.
"Yet--despite House Republicans' continued foolish actions--our nation's economic recovery is working. The Affordable Care Act is being implemented and the American people are already benefiting from it. President Obama has led us out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and placed us on a path to recovery.
"Today's short-term fix accomplishes nothing more than continued can-kicking. Today's 42nd vote to repeal, defund and undermine the Affordable Cart Act is further evidence of the vicious insanity that is poisoning this body. The American people are demanding solutions--not political gimmickry--and it is the duty of this Congress to do just that. I am ashamed and embarrassed of the actions of my House Republican colleagues today. Our beloved country deserves better."