WHitfield lambastes senate boss Harry Reid for government shutdown
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today released the following statement regarding the government shutdown that began at 12 a.m. this morning. The shutdown is a result of the new fiscal year taking effect without a funding agreement between the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. To put this in a historical context, this is the 18th government shutdown since 1976.
“President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ought to be ashamed of themselves for their unwillingness to work with the House of Representatives to reach a compromise to keep the government functioning. The House of Representatives, which is the governing body closest to the people who elected it, have passed three different continuing resolutions to keep the government funded through December 15. All of our continuing resolutions were rejected in record time by a Senate that, under Harry Reid’s failed leadership, is not known for quick action on anything. As far as I am concerned, this shutdown is a direct result of Harry Reid’s failed leadership.”
The main point of contention between the House and Senate is the Senate’s unwillingness to negotiate with the House to make any change to the Affordable Care Act. According to a CNN poll released this morning, “less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law.” A recent report also found that under Obamacare, Kentuckians will see their health care premiums increase anywhere between 65 percent and 106 percent.
Kentuckians are also having difficulties enrolling in the health care exchanges as of Tuesday morning. According to the KYNECT website, which is the website where Kentuckians must visit to purchase their health care, the website “is currently experiencing log in issues and our technical team is working to resolve the problem…”
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