From the Floor: Debate forces Senate to join in tackling challenges
October 23, 2013
Mr. Speaker: Plain and simple: the shutdown stalemate was unacceptable. The impasse should have been resolved weeks before October 1st, when the House began passing funding bills through regular order.
I argued that the strategy of defunding the health care law would not succeed, considering most of its programs are funded through mandatory spending.
I did, however, believe that forcing the debate was necessary in order for Congress to actually start dealing with the challenges we face.
The president's health care law is without a doubt one of those challenges, Mr. Speaker.
The law was sold as a way to lower insurance costs and expand access but in reality it's reducing access, breaking the budget, and harming consumers.
We forced the Senate to join us in addressing our larger budgetary issues -- including debt and deficits -- which undoubtedly will lead us back to a discussion of this flawed health care law.
This debate never would have taken place if Senate Leader Reid had his way. Considering the ongoing failures with the Obamacare exchange, it's certainly a debate we will now be able to have.
The American people deserve as much, Mr. Speaker.