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Press Release

September 20, 2013

Rep. Susan Davis Opposes Partisan Bill Threatening Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan (D-San Diego) opposed the House Majority’s government funding bill that risks a government shutdown because it strips health benefits from millions of Americans, guts the children’s health care program, and continues across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration. The bill passed on a vote of 230-189.

“We face tough choices on how to resolve our fiscal disagreements, but a government shutdown or a default is exactly the wrong answer,” said Davis.  “Every day, people all across our country figure out how to get their jobs done, despite all sorts of disagreements. But for some reason, people here in Washington seem to have forgotten how to work together.”

The Majority’s funding bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), continues sequestration that will cost a million jobs by the end of 2014. Thousands of San Diegans have been put on unpaid furloughs due to the budget cuts. It also guts critical investments in education, like Head Start, and life-saving research, which will impact San Diego’s biotech community.

A provision in the CR defunding the Affordable Care Act will raise Americans’ health costs and deny them coverage. This bill will also wreak havoc on Medicare, bringing Medicare provider payments to a halt and undermining health care for millions of seniors, and slashes the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 70%.

“My constituents have worked too hard and struggled too much through this economic downturn,” Davis stated. “The last thing middle class families need is a government shutdown because some in Congress can't get their act together.”

The CR has generated a promise of a veto from the President “because it advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class.”

The measure now heads to the Senate where the most extreme provisions in the bill are expected to be stripped out, raising the question of passage when it comes back to the House. All of this creates uncertainty about a government shutdown. The CR must be signed by September 30, 2013 to avoid a government shutdown.



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