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Cramer: House Votes Again for Compromise, Senate Must Act

Sep 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a third funding bill to keep the government open while eliminating special treatment under Obamacare for legislative and executive staff:

“Majority Leader Harry Reid kept the Senate empty all weekend while the House worked toward compromise. Now we submit our third funding bill to keep the government open and require fairness for all under Obamacare by getting rid of special healthcare treatment for the political class. If President Obama and the Senate reject something as basic as equal treatment under the law, they will have to explain their vote to shut down the federal government for the sake of protecting special privileges for executive and legislative employees. I refuse to impose a law on the working men and women of America which we won’t even impose on ourselves. The party that imposed Obamacare on every American voted to exempt themselves, while the party that fought Obamacare voted to impose it on themselves.”

The continuing resolution funds the government through December 15th. The latest amendment passed by the House requires Members of Congress, congressional staff, and political appointees including White House staff to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges without an employer subsidy for coverage, and calls for a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act individual insurance mandate.

President Obama delayed the individual mandate exclusively for businesses with 50 or more employees on July 2, 2013, and today his administration finalized a rule allowing lawmakers and staff to receive Obamacare subsidies from the federal government.

In July, 22 Democrats joined House Republicans to pass the Fairness for American Families Act, which contained a one-year delay for the individual mandate identical to the one found in today’s amendment.

The House went into session on Saturday and continued deliberating past Midnight into Sunday morning. The Senate adjourned at 4:15pm on Friday and did not reconvene until 2:00pm today.