Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) wenton the floor of the House today to give a colloquy on H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act, and received a commitment from Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts to work with Diaz-Balart, Puerto Rico Governor Fortuño, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on a solution to the disparity of Medicaid funding to Puerto Rico. Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen commented:
"We commend Chairman Ryan for his leadership in developing budget proposals that will begin to impose fiscal discipline on Washington and implement real solutions to address our debt and deficit crises. In order to meet our commitment to our constituents and to the nation's taxpayers -- that we will reduce government spending levels -- we must pass this critical legislation. As we make these tough choices, however, we must also ensure we act equitably in the solutions we advance.
The American people and House Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to Obamacare, because of the unconstitutional individual mandate, cuts to Medicare and a slew of job-killing new taxes and regulations, and not to mention that the law is at least partially responsible for the unacceptable 10% Hispanic unemployment rate.
However, we do have a concern with one of the provisions in the Reconciliation Act that would affect what Puerto Rico receives in Medicaid funding. We look forward to continue working with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and Governor Fortuño, who has been the most fiscally responsible Puerto Rican Governor, reducing Puerto Rico's budget deficit by 90%, to restore the funding levels in Medicaid so that we can properly address the needs of the millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and other territories."
During the colloquy, Chairman Pitts assured Congressman Diaz-Balart that he would work with him, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, and Governor Fortuño to continue to provide the necessary Medicaid assistance to the U.S. citizens who reside in Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.