GOODLATTE VOTES TO KEEP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN, DELAY INDIVIDUAL MANDATE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement tonight after voting in support of the House of Representatives’ latest compromise that will fund the federal government, delay Obamacare’s individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance or pay a tax for one year, and require all Members of Congress, all congressional staff, the President, Vice-President, and all political appointees within the Administration to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare exchange without a federal government employer contribution.
“Tonight’s vote marks the third time in the past two weeks the House has taken common sense, bipartisan steps to ensure the federal government remains funded. Unfortunately, earlier today the Senate once again failed to act on the proposal passed by the House late Saturday night. Because of the Senate’s refusal to act, this evening the House presented yet another offer to Harry Reid and the Democratic Leadership to keep the federal government open. This common sense bill offered by the House would keep the government running, delay Obamacare’s individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance or pay a tax for one year, and ensure Members of Congress and the President are not given special treatment. Importantly, this legislation gives individual Americans the same one-year delay from Obamacare President Obama has already given to business employers and labor unions. This is an issue of fairness.
“The bottom line is that the House has acted three times to avert a government shutdown while the Senate has shown no willingness to compromise. I do not want to see the government shut down and neither do the American people. I urge the Senate to stop the tabling motions, stop the delaying, and act now to keep the federal government open and enact common sense changes to Obamacare.”