Meehan Statement on House CR Vote


Date: Sept. 29, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) issued the following statement after the House voted tonight to fund the federal government and avert a shutdown. The continuing resolution passed tonight includes a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and repeals the job-killing medical device tax.

"Pennsylvania families are making their voices heard loud and clear," Meehan said. "They don't want a government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare's higher costs, higher taxes, and reduced access to quality care. Even many Democrats concede that the implementation of Obamacare has been a disaster, and this delay will spare the country of the law's worst effects.

"The medical device tax will affect thousands of jobs in our region and permanent repeal has long been one of my highest priorities. The House has acted -- twice -- to avert a shutdown. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly to approve this compromise measure and put the threat of a government shutdown behind us."

Members of both parties have expressed support for repealing the medical device tax in the past. Pennsylvania Democrats Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Allyson Schwartz have both co-sponsored legislation that ends the tax.

The House also voted this evening on a separate measure that ensures members of the armed forces continue to get paid in the event of a government shutdown.

"The finances of our service members and their families should not be subject to the whims of Washington," Meehan said. "They deserve to know that they'll continue to be paid for their service to our country."

The Senate has until midnight on September 30th to act to avoid a shutdown.