Sometimes the morning after the game, it becomes clear that neither team played well the night before. That’s the way many Americans must feel as they review the actions of Congress. Unfortunately, this is not a game and the poor play of both political parties is impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Last night I voted to support the third measure in 11 days to provide stopgap funding for the federal government. This measure required the President, Vice President, and political appointees to join Members of Congress and all congressional staff in obtaining health insurance through the health care exchanges and eliminated any employer contribution to the health insurance plan these individuals would be required to purchase. This measure was not adopted by the Senate, and subsequently Congress’ failure to pass a stopgap spending plan has triggered the first government shutdown in 17 years.
This morning, the Senate voted 54-46 to reject a motion to go to conference with the House to negotiate differences in the legislative proposals, marking the third time in 24 hours the Senate has rejected an overture from the House related to avoiding a government shutdown.
As Americans, we must fight to return reason and analysis to the process of governing and once again find a way to talk with one another to find the common ground necessary to rebuild our national defense, restore our fiscal integrity, and return stability to our Nation. I'm committed to working with any Member of Congress towards these ends.
Washington is full of those who talk a lot and say a little. As our nation enters into a government shutdown, I want you to know where I stand --- and I want to know where you stand.
While nonessential congressional staff members in my office have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, our offices will be open and staffed with essential employees whose responsibility is to ensure constituents have a voice in the legislative process.
We want to hear from you. Our phones are on 7am - 7pm until Congress resolves the funding impasse.
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House Voting Schedule: http://majorityleader.gov/floor/daily.html
Senate Voting Schedule: http://democrats.senate.gov/floor/
Watch the House live: http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/
Watch the Senate live: http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/
My Priorities in a Shutdown: http://forbes.house.gov/pages/what-to-shutdown-what-to-protect.htm
Frequently Asked Questions: Government Shutdown – What You Need to Know: http://forbes.house.gov/pages/government-shutdown-what-you-need-to-know.htm
Strategic Plan to End Obamacare: http://forbes.house.gov/pages/end-obamacare.htm
Office of Personnel Management (OPM): The Potential Impact of a Lapse In Appropriations on Federal Employees: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/
Congressional Research Service (CRS): Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34680.pdf
Congressional Research Service (CRS): Reaching the Debt Limit: Background and Potential Effects on Government Operations: http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/202871.pdf