Last night U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico, again voted to avert a government shutdown, while also providing Americans and New Mexicans with relief from the ill-conceived and ill-prepared Affordable Care Act.
“Tonight, the House has voted for a second time to prevent a government shutdown, and to protect American families and businesses from a costly and unworkable law,” said Pearce. “The Senate wasted a full week before taking action on the House’s first vote to prevent a shutdown, and only yesterday voted on a continuing resolution that continues to fund the President’s unworkable and costly healthcare bill. The Administration has already granted a delay for businesses—American families deserve the same treatment. We can all agree that a shutdown would be bad for New Mexico, bad for the middle class, and bad for the country. I urge the Senate to return to work and act quickly. There is still time to join the House and save American families from more unnecessary burdens, confusion, and hardship.”
Last Friday, Congressman Pearce voted in support of H.J.Res. 59, which funded the government through December 15, 2013, completely defunded Obamacare, and included the Full Faith and Credit Act, guaranteeing that the Treasury will still pay Social Security and disability obligations if the debt ceiling is reached, and preventing the White House from playing politics with those who rely on these payments. The Senate voted to strip key provisions from this bill.
Tonight’s legislation will permanently repeal the job-killing 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year to provide families with additional time to plan, and continue to fund the government through December 15, 2013.