Congressman O'Rourke 'disappointed' in funding bill impasse
POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:48pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:49pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTSM) — The midnight deadline was reached with no deal to keep the federal government funded, and El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke reacted to the impasse with disappointment Monday.
“I am disappointed to report that the House tonight failed to take action to prevent a government shut-down. This is in an abdication of one of our most fundamental responsibilities to pay our bills and fund the government,” said Congressman O’Rourke.
"I would have voted for this measure and believe it would have passed the House with a bipartisan majority. President Obama has said he would sign it. Unfortunately, the House Majority again brought forward a bill that attached unrelated changes to the Affordable Care Act, knowing that such a bill is dead on arrival in the Senate and would be vetoed by the President. I voted ‘no.’
"It is obvious that there is common ground between the two sides and I believe we are making progress. Tomorrow, I am scheduled to participate in more bipartisan meetings. I will keep working until we reach a resolution and will continue to report to you.”
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