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Oklahoma House members comment on spending bill that defunds Obamacare

by Chris Casteel Published: September 20, 2013

The U.S. House voted 230-189 on Friday to keep the government open until Dec. 15 while denying funds for implementing Obamacare. All five members from Oklahoma --all Republican-- voted for the bill.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, of Tulsa: “Today, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution that funds the government, prevents a shutdown, and stops ObamaCare from being imposed on the American People.

“The fight to stop ObamaCare now turns to the Senate, and the American people expect and deserve an up or down vote on the bill passed in the House.

“As I travel around the 1st District of Oklahoma, people tell me about their businesses struggling to keep employees, cutting staff to part-time work, and individuals facing skyrocketing insurance premiums.

“This legislation is another example of conservative effectiveness in the House of Representatives and the culmination of many months of work stop Obamacare.

“I want to thank the American people for this grassroots push. It demonstrates that the American people can still influence what happens in Washington.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, of Cheyenne: “I am pleased we passed this Continuing Resolution to meet our obligation of funding the federal government for the rest of this year

“It is important that we avoid a government shutdown and help create economic certainty in our country. Now looking forward, the federal government needs to find common sense ways to cut spending and live within our means, just like American families do every day.

“Additionally, I am pleased the CR creates a full and permanent delay of Obamacare. My constituents in the Third District and many others across the country have spoken loud and clear in opposition of this flawed law. This vote reassures Americans that the House remains committed to providing quality health care reform that is not rationed by the federal government.

“It is my hope that H.J. Res. 59 will be passed in the Senate and sent to the president’s desk for his signature. The American people are depending on it.”

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “I am proud to join my colleagues in the House to pass a bill that keeps the federal government running while also fully and permanently defunding Obamacare.

“Oklahomans have consistently asked me since I took office to do everything I can to protect them from the harmful effects of the President’s healthcare law. They also expect the federal government to pay our bills and continue to provide services to our veterans, active military, senior adults and others who depend on operational federal services.

“We now await action by the Senate. Their constituents are our constituents, and our constituents have said loud and clear that they do not want this law. Its harmful effects have already guaranteed many will see drastic premium increases, decreased access to and quality of care and fewer full-time jobs available. The reality of this law does not live up to the promises made three years ago.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “Today’s vote reminds all Americans that the president’s health care law remains unpopular and should not be implemented.

“Ever since Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, House Republicans have worked tirelessly to repeal it partially or completely. While we have seen small victories in the fight to dismantle the law, the battle is far from over. This continuing resolution keeps the government running, but it also send a clear message to the president that his law should never have passed in the first place and will only end in failure.

“House Republicans have now voted 41 times to defund or repeal Obamacare while the Senate has walked down the sad path of inaction and silence. It is high time for Senators to stand up for the American people and pass responsible legislation that lessens the burden of Obamacare. I hope that they take advantage of this golden opportunity.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, of Westville: “There was no hesitation when it came to supporting this continuing resolution. Families and business owners across the nation were once told that under Obamacare they could keep their own insurance, that their premiums would go down and that this health care mandate would be budget neutral. We have seen too many examples where this will not be the case.

“In each of the 26 town halls I recently held throughout the Second District, I heard countless stories of how Obamacare is already crippling budgets and proving to be unworkable and unsustainable. The House stood with the American people today in voting to protect our nation from a burdensome mandate that will bankrupt our economy.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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