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Saturday
Mar022013

GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Says ‘President Failed to Act’ on Sequestration

Office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers(WASHINGTON) -- House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the GOP address this week and called for President Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate a solution to the devastating spending cuts, known as the sequester.

Rodgers explains, “This debate is about more than just numbers and politics. It’s about the kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren.  Do we want to hand them a mountain of debt and all the worries that go with it, or do we want them to inherit a vibrant economy and a future full of opportunity? This is the debate we’ve been having for quite a while, and it’s time we resolve it and get something done.”

“Yesterday, across-the-board spending cuts known as ‘the sequester’ took effect because President Obama and Senate Democrats failed to act.  These devastating across-the-board cuts, first proposed by the president, will affect the lives of so many hardworking Americans,” Rodgers laments.

“The president failed to act” because “he never passed a bill to replace the sequester,” even though “the House of Representatives passed two proposals to replace the president’s sequester with smarter spending cuts” within the last year.

“This debate hasn’t always been easy, but making Washington confront its spending problem after decades of inaction was never going to be simple. We were elected to confront the hard truths, come together and do the right thing. That’s the American way, and that’s how we’ll achieve the kind of future our children and grandchildren deserve. All it will take is for the president and his party to get serious and lead,” Rodgers concludes.  

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Thursday
Feb032011

After Repeal Fails in Senate, GOP Rep Takes on Individual Mandate

Photo Courtesy - mcmorris[dot]house[dot]gov(WASHINGTON) -- After the Senate failed to repeal the Democrats' health care reform law Wednesday evening, and just days after a federal judge ruled that the individual mandate in the health care reform law is unconstitutional, House GOP Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers is introducing a bill Thursday aimed at stopping IRS enforcement of the controversial provision that would require every America buy health insurance or face a fine.

The bill would save taxpayers about $10 billion, according to McMorris Rodgers, by forbidding the IRS from hiring 17,000 new government employees necessary to implement the individual mandate.

“As two federal judges have already ruled, the individual mandate is clearly unconstitutional, and the IRS -- just like every government agency -- has a duty to uphold the Constitution,” said McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington.  “Our bill will protect the constitutional right of every American to decide what health care is best for themselves and their families, while also saving taxpayers about $10 billion by preventing yet another unnecessary increase in the number of government employees.”

As required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by the Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year, taxpayers must purchase health care insurance by 2014 or face a fine from the IRS.  According to McMorris Rodgers, her bill, H.R. 434, would prevent the IRS from using any funds - now or in the future - to hire new employees to enforce the individual mandate.

It’s the latest assault on the health care bill, which was repealed in the House of Representatives by Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans Jan. 19.

Wednesday night, Senate Democrats successfully blocked a Republican effort to repeal the health care bill with a vote divided strictly down party lines, 51-47. Sixty votes were required to move past a budget point of order in the Senate, a procedural vehicle used by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to move the repeal forward.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson declared that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, and ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional.

So far, two judges have ruled in favor of the law, and two have struck down its central provision. To date, 28 states are challenging the individual mandate’s constitutionality in court.

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