Pocan on Tea Party Bill That Moves Government Closer to Shut Down
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Budget Committee, today voted against a funding bill that caters to the Tea Party wing of the Republican party and moves the government closer to a shut down. The continuing resolution, or CR, the House considered today would keep in place the sequester cuts that will cost the nation more than one million jobs by the end of 2014 and attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act for a 42nd failed time. As even many Republican Senators have indicated, including a measure to put control of health care back in the hands of the insurance companies is impossible, impractical, and threatens to shut down the government.
“This is not an issue of Democrats against Republicans—this is an issue of responsible adults against extremists that have decided to hold the government hostage unless we allow insurance companies to deny people coverage,” said Pocan. “Funding the government is the most basic responsibility of Congress, but the bill we voted on today only moves us closer to a tea-party instigated shutdown. I am hopeful that commonsense prevails and we can fulfill our obligations as a Congress and focus on putting people back to work and growing our economy.”