WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today after voting in support of H.J Res. 59, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government through December 15, 2013, delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year, and permanently repeal the costly medical device tax found within the Affordable Care Act.
“Since 1976, there have been 17 government shutdowns, all costly events that negatively impacted the nation’s economy. I was here in Washington for all of them, and know that the American people can ill afford another one. Today I joined with my Republican colleagues in the House to pass a CR that will continue to fund the government through December 15. The House also acted to delay Obamacare by one year, something the President has already done for corporations and small businesses, but has neglected to do for the American people. Scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday, October 1, this attempt at health care reform is clearly not ready for implementation, and regardless, it will raise Alaskans insurance premiums by 30%-80%. Every day we can delay this increase is a victory for hard working Alaskan families.
“In the event the Senate fails to pass this responsible and common sense CR, the House also passed a measure ensuring that our armed forces get paid in the event of a government shutdown. It would inexcusable for the Senate to abuse the democratic process and fail to protect our servicemembers and their families especially when they risk their lives to defend the very democracy that now endangers their livelihood.
“So here we are, once again, waiting for the world’s most deliberative body to get off their thumbs and act. I urge Senate Democrats to return to the Capitol as soon as possible, and get to work on behalf of the American people.”