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Courtney decries government decision to move forward with shutdown

September 29, 2013
In The News

Today House Republicans passed a continuing resolution including a poison pill amendment to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year, a measure that all but guarantees a government shutdown, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) voted against the bill. "I am deeply disappointed in Speaker Boehner’s decision to cave to the extreme wing of the House Republican conference, and move forward a bill that has already been declared dead-on-arrival in the Senate. The clock is ticking, and it is abundantly clear that the only way to avert a government shutdown is for House Republicans to give up their single-minded obsession with undermining the Affordable Care Act, and agree to fulfill their duty to help run the government, Congressman Joe Courtney CT-2 stated. 

“The House could have simply passed the Senate measure to keep the government operating and allow Congress to move forward to the other challenging but important debates ahead. Unfortunately, these extreme House Republicans would rather shut down the government—a wasteful and irresponsible maneuver—than attempt to negotiate a bipartisan solution.  They are willing to inflict serious harm on our economy in order to score cheap political points. They will not accomplish a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but they will manage to kill jobs and waste billions of dollars on this farce.