Washington, DC (September 20, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.J.Res. 59, the Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 15th, 2013.
“Today, the House acted to prevent a government shutdown,” said Pearce. “The Senate must act now, instead of playing politics with the nation’s future.”
“Americans are already facing continued unemployment, a stagnant economy, and crippling debt,” Pearce continued. “Today’s Continuing Resolution makes sure that they don’t also have to face a government shutdown, default, or the overwhelming costs and uncertainty created by Obamacare. Americans have overwhelmingly asked Congress to defund the unpopular and unworkable Affordable Care Act, and today, we listened. And, today’s Continuing Resolution also contains responsible measures to ensure that the U.S. does not default on its obligations, and reaffirms the ability of the Secretary of the Treasury to prioritize payments. This will ensure that the White House cannot play politics with vital spending if we reach the debt limit.”
The Continuing Resolution includes language to completely defund Obamacare. It also contains H.R. 807, 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.