U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement on the government shutdown:
“The House of Representatives fulfilled its responsibilities by sending not one, not two, but three bills to the Senate to keep the government open while highlighting the damage Obamacare will do to American families and the economy. The Senate, choosing not to follow the will of the people, discarded these efforts so they could protect Obamacare. It is time for Democrats to come to the table and negotiate in good faith, and I will continue to push for fiscally responsible legislation to reopen the government that also addresses Washington’s addiction to deficit spending.”
Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement in response to a potential shutdown of the federal government:
“House Republicans offered a compromise solution that would temporarily address Republican concerns about Obamacare while also allowing the federal government to continue to operate. But the Obama Administration’s and Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway mentality jeopardizes essential functions of not only the federal government but also state services. Democrat leadership in Congress has refused to negotiate, and in so doing is jeopardizing thousands of employees, critical services, and economic recovery.
“In anticipation of the federal government’s looming shutdown, I directed state agencies that will be affected by the suspension of federal funding to develop contingency plans to prioritize essential functions and use existing budget transfer authority to allow these services to Texans to continue until Washington gridlock ends.”
To view Gov. Perry’s letter directing all state agencies to prepare for a federal government shutdown, please visit: http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/GovernmentShutdown_9-2013.pdf
Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed yet another compromise measure to fund the government.
“The House of Representatives has now voted three times to keep the government operating. But an agreement requires both the House and Senate to come together, and the Senate has shown no willingness to negotiate.
“What is most frustrating is that the Senate has rejected our proposal to delay the individual health insurance mandate under Obamacare for one year. The Administration has given delays, extensions, and carve-outs to all sorts of special interest groups and big businesses. They are even giving health insurance subsidies to people without verifying whether they’re eligible for them. So why are they unwilling to give American families the same reprieve from this broken law?
“I’m disappointed that the Senate is pushing us towards a shutdown, but I’ll continue working to prevent Obamacare from harming my constituents, closing small businesses, and hurting our economy.”
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor Monday about Republicans’ continuous work to avert a government shutdown, while President Obama has refused to work with Republican leaders and Senate Democrats have made a shut down more likely by delaying the vote on the House’s proposal.
His full speech can be seen here, and excerpts of his remarks are below:
“The House has sent over several reasonable proposals that would keep the federal government operating, which would also make sure our troops would be paid, but not just uniform military but other government personnel performing important jobs, and the Majority Leader, rather than call us in yesterday after the House acted… waited until this afternoon to cut the legs out from under the House proposal and make it much more likely that the government will shut down.
“So the question is who is really being unreasonable here? Who is really being stubborn? Who is really seeking to gain partisan advantage over the best interests of the country?
“Of course, we know the president has been eager to negotiate with the president of Iran about a very serious issue, Iran’s nuclear aspirations, but he won't talk to the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Republican Leader of the U.S. Senate, he won't talk to them, but he will negotiate with the Iranian president.
“He seems absolutely allergic to doing his job. He can give a heck of a speech. He is a skillful orator. But when it comes to actually doing his job, he's missing in action.
“The president himself has repeatedly delayed different provisions of the health care bill, including the employer mandate. What we'd like to do is get the same break for the rest of the American people as he gave businesses.
“The American people are absolutely disgusted. I share their frustration. I can only hope that cooler heads will prevail among our friends on the other side of the aisle.”
Monday U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced his intention to donate his salary to charity for each day Majority Leader Harry Reid forces a government shutdown:
"Harry Reid should not force a government shutdown. I hope that Reid stops refusing to negotiate and works with the House to avoid a government shutdown, and, at the same time, prevent the enormous harms that Obamacare is inflicting on the American people.
"If, however, Harry Reid forces a government shutdown, I intend to donate my salary to charity for each day the government is shut down. Elected leaders should not be treated better than the American people, which is precisely why hardworking Americans deserve the same Obamacare exception that President Obama has already granted Members of Congress."