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Rep. Ross: We need to get government running again



Rep. Dennis Ross, the Lakeland Republican who made news by bucking his party's stance on the shutdown, lays out his argument in a column for the Tampa Bay Times.

"Shutting down the government has had zero impact on Obamacare. Unfortunately, some were led to believe that Obamacare would immediately cease if the government shut down. The reality is, however, that despite the government being shut down for multiple days, Obamacare continues to be implemented with all of its glitches and problems. That is because about 70 percent of Obamacare is funded through mandatory funding while the current funding battle only addresses discretionary funding — it doesn't even touch mandatory funding. ...

"Obamacare will fall under its own weight of complexities, costs and inconsistencies, all at the expense of the American people. The best way to repeal Obamacare is to let it take effect, point out its impact, win control of the Senate, and elect a president who will support its repeal. ...

"In the few years since I was elected to Congress in 2010, we have achieved huge savings and taken monumental steps. For the first time since the Korean War, total federal spending has gone down for two years in a row. We need to continue to take steps forward, shedding off our "excessive funding weight" one pound at a time. That is why I would support a continuing resolution that funds the government at sequestration levels for one year.

"We need to get the government running again and end this shutdown so that our communities can get back on their feet."

[Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 1:49pm]


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