Today Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon voted in favor of H.J.Res. 59, the short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year onSeptember 30, 2013. The bill also includes the text of H.R. 2682, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, and H.R. 807, the Full Faith and Credit Act. The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current, post sequestration annual rate until December 15, 2013. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2014. H.J. Res passed the House on a vote of 230-189.
"The reality of governing is that when you take a vote, it is rarely a black or white, yes or no situation," said Congressman McKeon. "All too often, you are faced with a scenario where you have to choose to do what you think is the best option in an all-around tough situation. I believe we must get off the treadmill of funding the government through stop-gap continuing resolutions. We need to restore regular order, bring our spending under control, and get both the House and the Senate working together to pass yearly budget and appropriations bills that execute our priorities for the country and bring certainty back to our economy.
"However, there are no winners in a government shutdown. We can't default on our debt- instead we should work hard to eliminate it. We put our economy, our national security and our most vulnerable at risk when we in Washington can't do our most fundamental job for the American people. This CR gives us time to solve the urgent fiscal issues facing our nation. However, that only the case if we actually work to find solutions. We need to fix the sequestration cuts that are devastating our military, implement real spending reforms and put in place policies that grow our economy and create jobs.
"From the moment Obamacare was introduced, the American people have expressed concerns about the impacts it would have on the cost and quality of care, our economy and the national debt. While no one can argue that our healthcare system isn't in need of serious reforms, a big-government law that will add trillions to our debt, increase healthcare costs, raise taxes and kill jobs is not the way to go. It has become increasingly clear that Obamacare is already hurting businesses, workers, seniors, taxpayers and our already fragile economy. I want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctor of their choosing, and receive the health care they and their doctor feel is best. I want to protect patients with pre-existing conditions and young adults, and most importantly, I want to work to find solutions that make health care more affordable for all Americans. But a law that takes away patient choice, recklessly cuts Medicare, raises taxes, prohibits job creation and adds trillions to our already unsustainable deficit is not sound policy and it's not the way to fix our healthcare problems."