2012 Republican National Convention: Day 2

Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s amendment passes

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Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee is a woman who gets things done. Yesterday we posted her amendment and last night it was passed.

 

From the press release after passage:

WASHINGTON – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of a continuing resolution that includes her proposal to delay Obamacare for one year. The resolution approved by the House prevents a government shutdown, delays Obamacare for one year, and repeals the medical device tax. The House also acted on legislation to ensure our men and women in uniform get paid should the Senate fail to act to fund the government.

“House Republicans have acted in a responsible manner to provide the American people with what they want – a continuing resolution that prevents a government shutdown, controls spending, and protects families and businesses from the harmful effects of Obamacare,” Blackburn said. “By repealing the unfair medical device tax, this CR also protects the jobs of the 10,000 men and women in Tennessee who work in the medical device industry.

“By delaying Obamacare for one year, the House has shown we are listening to the American people who never wanted this law in the first place. Overwhelmingly, our constituents have told us that they want us to delay the onset of Obamacare. It’s too expensive to afford, families can’t keep the insurance plan they like, and it’s killing jobs. It’s become painfully clear that Obmacare is not ready for primetime and in fairness to hardworking Americans the entire law must be delayed. Now it’s time for the Senate to act.

“In addition to delaying Obamacare for one year, my amendment protects people from the radical HHS mandate which violates millions of Americans’ deeply-held religious beliefs and it prevents taxpayer subsidies from going to insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage.”

Click here to read the entire text of the Blackburn Amendment.

Watch Congressman Blackburn’s remarks on the House floor: VIDEO

From the press release before the vote:

WASHINGTON – When the House of Representatives considers the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded later this afternoon, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will offer an amendment to delay Obamacare for one year.

Congressman Blackburn has been leading the fight in Congress to delay President Obama’s health care law and is the sponsor of H.R. 2809 to delay all Obamacare provisions and taxes for one year. H.R. 2809 has 130 cosponsors. This is an approach supported by 18 Free Market Groups that comprise the Obamacare Repeal Coalition.

“Through everything we have heard from businesses and families during our meetings with constituents and Congressional oversight it is clear that the President’s health care law isn’t ready for primetime. In fairness to hard-working taxpayers the best thing we can do right now is to implement a one year delay so we can continue to chip away at this disastrous law.

“As we continue our fight to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered solutions, I encourage my colleagues in the House to join me supporting this necessary next step by delaying Obamacare in order to protect American families from its harmful effects.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is the sponsor of S. 1490, which is the Senate companion bill to Congressman Blackburn’s legislation in the House.

Click here to see the current list of cosponsors for H.R. 2809.

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