Oct 16 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement this evening announcing his opposition to the Senate’s government funding compromise:
“With each passing day of this stalemate, I shared the growing anger of my people toward a broken Washington. That’s why I fought tooth and nail from Day One to avert a shutdown, prevent a debt default and level the playing field between the American people’s health care and that of their government. Unfortunately, as the Senate rejected nearly every House-passed bill to fund essential services and keep the government open, it became clear to me that some in Washington were more interested in scoring political points than finding real solutions.
“I had no choice but to oppose Senator Reid’s bill because it provides short term spending without addressing the long term drivers of this shutdown, including an exploding national debt and glaring inequalities under the President’s health care law. I simply can’t justify to my constituents a system where corporations and labor unions deserve a one year compliance delay and government officials get special premium subsidies while average American families receive neither. I hope both parties in Washington learned a lesson from this shutdown and we get serious about addressing these issues before again bringing the nation to the brink.”