In a vote last night, the House of Representatives voted to avert a government shutdown by funding the government, delaying Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax. In an interesting turn on the medical device tax, just last week Sen. Harry Reid said the tax was “stupid.” Reid immediately sent an aide out to explain what he meant. Not a good sign anytime.
Will this be the bargaining chip that will avert a shutdown or limit its duration? With the rules in the Senate of a 30 hour time frame before a bill can be voted on, there may still be a government shutdown.
There was also a move by Kingston of Georgia, Gohmert of Texas and others to make sure military pay was not disrupted no matter what happens.
Now onto the debt ceiling debate.
Below are comments from Georgia congressmen on the vote last night. They are all touting they have voted to avoid a government shutdown, but will it be enough to allay the assigning of guilt by the President, the media or, most importantly, the public?
From Rep. Phil Gingrey:
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today voted to delay Obamacare for one year and to repeal the medical device tax, which has forced companies to lay-off or outsource thousands of American jobs and life-saving research overseas. The continuing resolution also prevents a government shutdown on October 1.
“Delaying Obamacare for one year is the first step towards ensuring it’s permanently delayed,” Gingrey said. “A majority of Americans think Obamacare will make health care in our country worse, and they’re right. House Republicans are listening to the American people, and I urge Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to do the same. It’s now up to them to prevent a government shutdown.”
Gingrey will also support a bill to ensure the military would get paid in the event of a government shutdown.
From Rep. Collins:
Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) voted tonight, yet again, to avoid a government shutdown. Congressman Collins said:
“Tonight, the House acted again. We voted to pay the federal government’s bills, avert a government shutdown, and protect every American from the burden of Obamacare for at least another year, something the president has already chosen to do for a privileged few. It’s my hope that after a week of intense debate, the United States Senate sets aside its rigid partisanship and meets its responsibilities. Senate Democrats have to acknowledge that the Republican Majority in the House was duly elected 10 months ago to provide a direct voice for the American people. The financial burden of Obamacare will not discriminate between those who voted for Republicans, those who voted for Democrats, and those who didn’t vote at all. Passing the House CR—again—is doing the people’s work.”
Legislation that passed the House tonight also repeals the medical device tax and, most importantly, funds military pay in the event Senate Democrats prompt a government shutdown.
From Rep. Price:
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives voted to keep the government open, delay the president’s health care law, repeal a tax on jobs and medical innovation, and protect the pay for troops and their families.
“While the Democrat-controlled Senate took the day off, the House of Representatives under Republican leadership continued to work on behalf of the American people by passing a bill to keep government open and vital services funded. We also responded to the growing bipartisan concern surrounding the president’s health care law by voting for a one-year delay to the entire law and a full repeal of the law’s medical device tax. Both the delay of Obamacare and the repeal of a tax that will destroy innovation in our health care system while driving jobs overseas ought to receive bipartisan support in the Senate. Of course, that will only occur if the Senate’s Democrat majority brings the Senate back to work and votes in a timely manner to avoid a shutdown.
“House Republicans also acted to ensure our troops and their families continue to get paid even if the Democrat majority in the Senate chooses to shut down the government rather than compromise. While we hope that Senate Democrats will act appropriately to keep the government open, House Republicans are going to do everything we can to make sure our military men and women and their families do not pay a price if the Senate remains incapable of listening to the American people.
“To date, President Obama’s entire contribution to keeping government functioning and the American people safe from the consequences of his health care law has been to give partisan speech after partisan speech. While, at this point, few expect leadership from this administration on any front, our hope remains that the president and his Democrat allies in Washington will stop ignoring the bipartisan voices across this country that are calling for relief from Obamacare and an end to governing from crisis to crisis.”
Congressman Tom Price is the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.