Tonight, the House of Representatives passed, with Congressman Doc Hastings' support, two amendments to the Senate-passed version of H. J. Res. 59, the Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government operating.
The first amendment, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 231 to 192, delays for one year the implementation of Obamacare provisions scheduled to take effect on October 1st. The second amendment, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 248 to 174, repeals the medical device tax that went into effect on January 1st of 2013. Both amendments also change the expiration date for government funding from November 15th in the Senate-passed bill back to December 15th, which was the date in the original bill passed by the House on September 20th. The bill has been sent back to the Senate for consideration.
"I was pleased to vote today to keep the government open and make important changes to the bill sent to us by the Senate," said Congressman Hastings. "Implementation of Obamacare has been marked with delays, missteps, missed deadlines and broken promises. I have heard a number of firsthand accounts from Central Washingtonians about loss of their current health care benefits and drastic increases in premiums due to Obamacare. Our nation simply cannot afford these higher costs and uncertainty when the economy is still struggling to recover. The medical device tax has already increased the costs of even the most basic of medical supplies for those who depend on them, and must be repealed. The American people expect Congress to do its job and keep the government operating."
The House also passed a second bill, H.R. 3210, with Hastings' support to ensure that our troops receive their salaries if a government shutdown does occur. This bill passed the House by a strong bipartisan vote of 423-0.
"While I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both Houses to prevent a government shutdown, we should all agree that the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms should not be penalized if Congress and the President can't come to an agreement," said Hastings.