Facts on the Democrats’ Shutdown

John Boehner

As of this morning, Senate Democrats have rejected at least four different proposals from the House of Representatives designed to keep the government running and fund basic services, and refuse to talk with House Republicans. Here’s a look:

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the House of Representatives passed legislation to keep the government running – funding Medicare, Social Security, veterans benefits, and more – while removing funding for the president’s health care law, which is driving up costs and hurting our economy.

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected this measure.

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the House passed another measure to keep the government running, delay the president’s health care law for one year, and permanently repeal ObamaCare’s tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids.

Senate Democrats rejected the measure on a party-line vote, as Democratic leaders insisted they would not negotiate – and that “there’s no need for conversations” – with Republicans.

The House also passed the Pay Our Military Act, which ensures our troops are paid during a government shutdown. Thankfully, that measure was adopted by the Senate and signed by President Obama.

On Monday, September 30, 2013, the House passed yet another measure to keep the government running and ensure fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law. President Obama delayed the law’s mandates on big businesses and insurance companies; this bill would delay the law for everyone. “This is an issue of fairness,” said Speaker Boehner.

The Senate rejected this measure too.

“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to shut down the government rather than discuss or even recognize ObamaCare’s failures,” said Speaker Boehner. “The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences, and move forward on important legislation that gets control of spending and strengthens our economy.”

The House then passed another bill late on Monday requesting a formal conference committee with the Senate to come to an agreement on legislation that provides funding for the federal government and delays the president’s health care law for all Americans.

The Senate then opposed that measure as well, “rejected negotiating with the House on government funding,” according to The Hill.

Sadly, this is part of a larger pattern:  the president has also refused to negotiate in a bipartisan way on his train wreck of a health care law, current government funding, or on the debt limit.

So Senate Democrats got their government shutdown. As Speaker Boehner said, “House Republicans will continue our efforts to keep the government running.  We hope that Senate Democrats – and President Obama – change course and start working with us on behalf of the American people.”

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