Congressman Valadao Votes on Plan to Stop ObamaCare and Keep Government Open
This evening, after carefully taking into consideration opinions from Central Valley constituents, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in the United States House of Representatives in favor of two amendments to Senate-passed H. J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriation’s Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, to fund the federal government past October 1, 2013, when the current government operating budget is set to expire.This evening, after carefully taking into consideration opinions from Central Valley constituents, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in the United States House of Representatives in favor of two amendments to Senate-passed H. J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriation’s Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, to fund the federal government past October 1, 2013, when the current government operating budget is set to expire.
The first amendment delays the president’s healthcare law from taking effect for one year, providing relief to Americans from the individual mandate, tax increases, and Medicare cuts among other things. The President has already delayed provisions in ObamaCare nearly a dozen times, with another delay of the Small Business “SHOP” exchanges just this week.
Congressman Valadao stated, “Clearly, ObamaCare has many problems yet to be resolved. Implementation of a one year delay will allow these problems to be identified and corrected or for an alternative solution to be put in place.”
The second amendment permanently repeals the medical device tax currently included in the President’s healthcare law. Congressman Valadao previously cosponsored H.R. 523, the Protecting Medical Innovation Act of 2013, which also aims to repeal this tax, responsible for shipping desperately needed American jobs overseas.
The House-passed Continuing Resolution provides time to solve pressing fiscal issues such as addressing the debt limit, eliminating imprudent sequestration cuts, and implementing careful reforms that end wasteful federal spending.
Congressman Valadao also voted in favor of H.R. 2310; the Pay Our Military Act which provides a direct appropriation to pay the salaries and allowances to members of the Armed Forces should a government shutdown occur.
Congressman Valadao stated, “My constituents have been calling, emailing, and writing to me for months. They have made it clear that they do not like ObamaCare and that the healthcare law will have detrimental consequences on their businesses and their families. As a result, I have acted seven times this year to prevent implementation of this reckless legislation. However, having this debate at the 11th hour is irresponsible.”He continued, “It is times like this that our elected officials must put aside partisan differences and instead unite over the shared values that make America great. There should be no tolerance for extreme viewpoints, from either side of the aisle. Members must come together to do what is right for the American people. I stand willing and ready to negotiate and make a responsible decision for my constituents in the Central Valley. I believe we must do everything in our power to avoid a government shutdown which will have devastating consequences on all aspects of our society.”
Amendments to H.J.Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, passed in the United States House of Representatives on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The legislation will now be sent to the United States Senate for consideration.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.