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THORNBERRY: House will keep working to do the right thing
Says shutdown 'unnecessary and completely avoidable'
Washington, October 1, 2013
Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the Senate refused latest offer to resolve funding differences:
"In the last ten days, I voted for three different proposals that keep the government open and operating while protecting Americans from Obamacare. Each was a reasonable and responsible option and each passed the House. Then, close to midnight last night, the House passed yet another measure calling on the Senate to work with us to resolve our differences. The Senate went home and came in this morning only to reject our offer to come to the table. This temporary shutdown is unnecessary and completely avoidable.
It is irresponsible for anyone, especially the President of the United States, to say that he will not negotiate or compromise. The President and the Senate Democrats have made it clear that, while they recognize Obamacare is not ready for prime-time, they are not interested in even considering commonsense changes to this seriously flawed law. Apparently, they believe that this shutdown serves their political interests. They are putting politics before the people they work for, and that is unfortunate indeed.
We are going to keep working in the House to do the right thing. Folks should encourage the Senate and the White House to do the same."