U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the U.S. House's vote to avert a government shutdown by funding government operations through December 15 and delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year.
"This marks the second vote taken by the House to avert a government shutdown," said Davis. "After our vote last week, the Senate waited an entire week before acting. There simply isn't time for the Senate to delay once again. I urge them to return to Washington immediately to consider this bill to ensure that we continue to fund government operations.
"Additionally, this Continuing Resolution will delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year, matching the President's decision to delay the employer mandate, permanently repeal the unpopular, job-killing, medical device tax, and ensure that members of the military are paid in the event of a government shutdown.
"What we are seeing today is the result of a broken federal government. This is a federal government who has forgotten how to govern and a federal government who has been unable to complete its most fundamental, constitutional task, pass a budget.
"A shutdown could have disastrous effects for our men and women in uniform, other areas of the federal government and on an already-fragile economy. Shutdown should never be an option, and we should take whatever steps necessary to work together in the next 48 hours to avert this and move forward on discussions for a long-term funding measure for the rest of the fiscal year that will cut spending and restore America to fiscal health."
Additionally, Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor to the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160), a commonsense bill that would prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a salary in the event of a government shutdown.
"A government shutdown is always unacceptable as is its negative effects on seniors and our men and women in uniform," said Davis. "The bottom line is that if there's a government shutdown, it's due to Congress failing to get the job done, so they should not receive pay."
The Government Shutdown Fairness Act was introduced by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) and is consistent with the 27th Amendment in holding salaries in escrow until the end of this Congress. Earlier this year, the House and the Senate passed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (H.R. 325), which said Members of Congress would not be paid unless they passed a budget. Following the passage of No Budget, No Pay, the Senate adopted a budget resolution for the first time in four years.