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Sep 27, 2013

4 Days Until Government Shutdown – But House Republicans Are Offering Only Chaos

4 Days Until Government Shutdown – But House Republicans Are Offering Only Chaos

With just four days until a government shutdown, the Republican Congress have no solution to their manufactured crisis – but continue to jeopardize the entire economy just to give insurance companies free rein to charge the people of New Mexico more for their health care.

According to The Hill newspaper: “GOP leaders have not put forward any clear plan for a spending measure, and some Republicans said they wanted to see what the leadership hoped to do.” 

And while House Republicans will get a paycheck for his failure and chaos, hardworking families around the country will pay the price:

  • If House Republicans get their government shutdown, they will still get paid, but millions of middle class workers whose jobs depend on the government operating could not get paid for as long as the shutdown lasts.
  • If Houe Republicans succeed in defunding the Affordable Care Act, the deficit would increase by $109 billion over 10 years.

“While House Republicans play political games in Washington, the clock is ticking for thousands of New Mexico jobs – which he is risking all so that insurance companies can have free rein again,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. " House Republican's priorities are completely out-of-touch with the people of New Mexico because he is willing to risk the livelihoods and financial stability of hardworking families, all to pad insurance companies’ profits.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Pearce Voted for a Continuing Resolutions Bill That Would “Likely Result” in a Government Shutdown. In 2013, Congressman Pearce voted for a Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government. According to the New York Times: “After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. […] The House’s stopgap spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels, which reflect the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, known as sequestration, while blocking the health care law, under which the uninsured will be enrolled beginning on Oct. 1.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press, 8/23/13; New York Times, 9/18/13]

  • McClatchy: “Social Security Payments Could be Delayed […] Health Care and Other Services for Veterans Could be Curtailed.” “Social Security payments could be delayed, new claims not processed; in 1996 Shutdown, furloughed workers were recalled to alliate backlogs. […] “Military would continue to work but get IOUs for paychecks during shutdown. Health care and other services for veterans could be curtailed.” [McClatchy, 9/25/13]
  • CBO: Abolishing Health Care Reform would Raise Deficit by over $100 Billion over 10 Years. “Congressional budget analysts said Wednesday that repealing ObamaCare would increase the deficit by scrapping the law's taxes, fees and spending cuts. […] Director Doug Elmendorf pointed to an estimate from July 2012 that abolishing healthcare reform would raise the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years.” [The Hill, 5/15/13]
  • Ezra Klein: “A Government Shutdown Will Cost Us Billions.” “To understand what Congress is risking every time it nears a shutdown, consider what past ones have cost. In 1996, the Office of Management and Budget tallied the two major shutdowns of the decade at about $1.4 billion. Adjusting for inflation would bring that total to more than $2 billion in today’s dollars...” [Washington Post, 9/23/12]
  • Even as Families Would Suffer, Members of Congress Will Still Collect Their Six-Figure Salaries. “The president and members of Congress are also exempt from furlough and must decide which of their respective staff members to keep around during a shutdown.” [NPR, 9/23/13]

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