House Republicans Threaten to Shut Down Government if They Don’t Get Their Way

Friday Steve Pearce (R-CD2) and the House Republicans voted for the Tea Party Resolution to shut the government unless the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is not defunded. The House voted 230-189 along partisan lines. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is likely to die. President Obama has issued a statement vowing to veto the bill, should it be passed by Congress.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after voting against a House Republican Continuing Resolution.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Congressman Ben Ray Luján

“House Republicans have put forth a Continuing Resolution that caters to the most extreme elements of their party. They are threatening to shut down the government if they do not get their way, which is out of touch with the needs of New Mexico.

“The Republican bill defunds health care reform that ends insurance company abuses and extends coverage to hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans. It would also impact Medicare payments to providers, which would undermine health care for seniors in New Mexico and defund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“House Republicans are putting ideology ahead of the health and well-being of seniors and our children. It is already clear that this bill will fail in the Senate, and this vote puts us one step closer to a government shutdown while creating another manufactured crisis that threatens to harm the economy.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico’s First District, a member of the House Budget Committee,  released the following statement after voting against H.J.Res. 59, House Republicans’ continuing resolution that risks a government shutdown unless Congress defunds the Affordable Care Act:

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

“It’s official: House Republicans have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tea Party. Their threat to shut down the government unless we prevent uninsured Americans from getting the coverage they need under the Affordable Care Act is absolutely irresponsible and is an abdication of their responsibility as elected representatives. My Republican colleagues themselves readily admit that this effort to defund the Affordable Care Act is futile. We should stop playing political games that would sabotage the American economy and get back to work creating jobs.”