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Congressman McHenry Statement on End of the Government Shutdown


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the passage of a continuing resolution in the House of Representatives that resumes funding for the federal government and raises the nation's debt ceiling:

"Today, I voted once again for a continuing resolution that funds government operations and avoids an economically-devastating default. The legislation is far from perfect. It was a tough call to vote for it -- but the best choice given the limited options, and a severely divided Washington. While it doesn't end Obamacare, it includes a significant change to Obamacare by forcing this administration to verify income for those receiving subsidies under the law.

"The spending controls maintained in this legislation have produced consecutive years of decreased federal spending for the first time in over half a century. Additionally, it marks a return to regular order by establishing a conference committee on the budget. This creates an opportunity to produce a bipartisan agreement that starts to reduce our debt and put our nation on a sustainable fiscal path for future generations of Americans.

"Now that another Washington-manufactured crisis has passed, I hope we can focus our attention on further addressing the disaster that is Obamacare. If someone is able to actually log-in to the exchange website, they are faced with massive rate increases and less coverage. It's a bad law, and a worse implementation. I hope the Senate and President Obama will work with us to find ways to protect consumers from this train wreck

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