On Wednesday, the House approved legislation that reopened the government today and extends the nation's borrowing authority. U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) voted for the bill and issued the following statement:
"When this fight started, I said that our district was adamantly opposed to Obamacare and equally opposed to shutting down the government. So, we tried several ways to slow down this train wreck of health care reform. We tried to defund it or delay it for one year. We were unsuccessful because President Obama and Senate Leader Harry Reid were never willing to engage even in a dialogue.
"Now that the effort to derail the so-called Un-Affordable Care Act is over, we had to do something to get the government back to working for the people. I voted for the continuing resolution, known as the CR, and to extend the debt ceiling because, even though far from perfect, the legislation does have some features that make it worth supporting. First, it does not touch the sequestration cuts named in the Budget Control Act. Thanks to sequestration, we have had reductions in federal spending for two years in a row for the first time in several generations.
"Second, this bill appoints budget conferees who will have until mid-December to negotiate real, long-term spending solutions. We have to stop operating the government from CR to CR and enact a federal budget that will bring real certainty to how Washington spends tax dollars.
"Third, we have added language that will require real income verification for those seeking subsidies under the Obamacare exchanges. Prior to this, it was up to the enrollee to verify how much he or she made. Hopefully, this will prevent those who don't deserve the subsidies from getting them.
"Fourth, this bill guarantees -- at least until early next year -- that the federal government will not default on its obligations. Between now and next year, we need to come up with a long-term solution to our pressing national debt, which is $17 trillion and growing out of control.
"We will continue to looks for ways to reform or repeal Obamacare through congressional oversight and legislation. This vote to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling is the right way to go for right now."