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Rep. Young Votes to Keep Government Open, House Sends Latest Funding Bill to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today after voting in support of H.J. Res. 59, a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 15, 2013, delay the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act by one year, and eliminates the Obamacare exemption for Members of Congress and political appointees in the White House.

“Once again, the House is the only body willing to offer new solutions to continue to fund the government beyond tonight.  Hours away from a government shutdown, House Republicans have shown a willingness to come to the table, compromise, and put forward an actual solution.  This is the third time we have offered them something different, but the Democrat-controlled Senate remains entrenched, demanding their way or the highway and risking the livelihood of thousands of hard working government employees, all to prove a political point.

“Our latest proposal is simple:  Delay the individual mandate of Obamacare by one year, which is consistent with what the Obama administration has already done for big business.  We also believe that Members of Congress and political appointees in the White House should not get any extra help in paying their skyrocketing healthcare bill resulting from this new and  flawed healthcare system that each and every American must now join. 

“Tonight, the Senate has a choice; delay a program that is simply not ready for prime time, or shut down the government by refusing to compromise.  This shutdown is something that the American people do not want and is something our economy can ill-afford.”

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