Barletta, Marino speak out on shutdown
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the government shutdown:
"No one - including me - wanted to close the doors of government. Unfortunately, we have come to that point because the Senate and the president refused to negotiate even for one second while the deadline neared," he said.
"Three times the House sent solutions to the shutdown to the Senate, lowering the bar for agreement each time. All of our attempts were rejected, including a proposal that the president and Congress be subjected to Obamacare just like all Americans.
"The insurance exchanges for Obamacare opened this morning, despite our efforts to defund and delay the implementation. In my view, the president ought to be careful what he asks for, because once Americans feel the full brunt of his health care law, they will likely not like what they are getting."
"Some are saying that the elections are over and Obamacare is the law of the land," he added. "That is true, but I would point out that prohibition was once the law of the land, and it proved to be so problematic it was repealed."
"In the meantime, I want this shutdown to conclude as quickly as possible, and I am hopeful that the House, Senate and the president can come to an agreement soon."
Fellow Republican Rep. Tom Marino (R-10) said repealing the health care law is what his constituents have asked for.
"Those of us who first came to the House of Representatives in 2010 and 2012 are here as a direct result of public opposition to Obamacare and the wasteful spend-and-tax policies of Washington Democrats," he said in a statement. "Every day I continue to hear the same thing from more of my constituents: do what it takes to repeal or defund the president's job-killing health care law."
"The Democrats in the Senate would not accept a bill to fund the government and defund Obamacare, so we sent them a bill to fund the government and delay implementation of Obamacare. When the Senate rejected that, we sent them a bill to fund the government and delay implementation of the individual mandate," Marino said.
"Senate Democrats again refused a reasonable solution, forcing a shutdown of the federal government."