Tipton Statement on Senate’s Forced Government Shutdown and Refusal to Go to Conference

Tipton Statement on Senate’s Forced Government Shutdown and Refusal to Go to Conference

WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement after the Senate forced a government shutdown at midnight last night and refused to go to Conference on the CR this morning:

“We fought late into the night to keep government open, pass a CR that listens to the concerns of our constituents and Conference with the Senate. The Senate refused to negotiate on any portion of Obamacare including creating fair treatment for all Americans under the law, removing special treatment for Congress, or repealing the costly medical device tax that is raising the cost of care and costing jobs. It’s disappointing that the President and Harry Reid won’t sit down and discuss the issue of why they think the American people shouldn’t receive the same exemptions that they gave to big business, or why Congress should be exempt from the laws it passes.

“As I’ve said throughout this process, my constituents have sent a strong message that they do not want Obamacare because it’s raising health care costs, restricting access to care and costing jobs in our communities. 

“The House is listening to the concerns of our constituents and has done everything possible to effectively address Obamacare and keep the government open. It’s unfortunate that the Senate and President would rather force a government shutdown than listen to Americans, or even have a conversation on possible alternatives to Obamacare to create a truly affordable and accessible health care system.

“Last night we voted once more to heed the call of the American people by sending legislation for the third time to the Senate to keep the government open, as well as to go to Conference with the Senate. We fought to require equal treatment for all Americans under Obamacare by delaying the individual mandate and repealing the unfair subsidies that the President issued for Congress. There should be no special treatment in Obamacare for Congress or anybody else and since the President has already exempted businesses and other special interests from the Obamacare train-wreck, he needs to do the same for hard working American families and individuals.

“Despite this, the Senate voted down the CR that would have treated all Americans fairly under Obamacare and even went as far as to refuse to go to conference with the House to work-out a solution to keep the government open. It’s deeply troubling that the Senate and President are willing to shutdown government in order to protect special treatment for some, including Obamacare carve-outs for Congress, while hardworking Americans are forced to bear the burden of this bad law.

“We can do better in this country, and I am committed to continuing to listen to my constituents and fight for an affordable and accessible health care system that treats all Americans fairly under the law and am hopeful that the Senate will start doing the same.”

Tipton supports a number of patient-centered alternatives to Obamacare including the Empowering Patient’s First Act (H.R. 2300) which would implement a health care system that is affordable and accessible to all Americans.

Additional Background:

Tipton’s statement from Saturday’s vote on the CR to keep government open and delay Obamacare for one year is available here.

Tipton’s statement in opposition to the Administration’s issuance of subsidies for Congress under Obamacare is available here.

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