For your viewing pleasure, I have cut and pasted the statement issued by Congressman Mark Meadows to his constituents. It feels weird to agree so much with a politician. In fact, our only difference is that part about wanting the federal government to resume non-essential services.
Today we face the reality of a government shutdown, as the Senate has rejected every solution put forth by the House without a single constructive counterproposal. The House has voted four times to protect the American people from both a shutdown and an unworkable law. We sent over multiple compromises, each one rejected by Harry Reid. The Senate’s refusal, by a party-line vote, to even go to conference with the House at this crucial time is the definition of unreasonable.
The House bill blocked special Obamacare subsidies for Members of Congress and Washington insiders. By delaying the individual mandate, the bill granted the same reprieve to the American people that President Obama has already given to big business and insurance companies. It is not fair for Congress and political appointees to get a special deal. With his repeated rejection of the House’s proposals, it is clear that Harry Reid disagrees.
While the shutdown is in effect, my Hendersonville and DC offices will remain open to serve the constituents of the 11th District. Please feel free to contact these offices with questions or concerns. Our other offices will be closed, and we have suspended all non-essential travel and expenses. For the duration of the shutdown, I have also requested to have my pay withheld.
I am willing to do whatever it takes to find a solution that reopens the federal government and protects the hardworking families in Western North Carolina from the harmful consequences of Obamacare. It is time for the Senate to join the House at the negotiating table and start working on behalf of the American people.