September 25, 2013
House Republicans passed a bill to fund the government and cut health care funding, but the Senate bill keeps the funding in place. Republican Congressman Robert Hurt spoke about the impact of the shutdown for Virginia's 5th District.
"I'm sorry it has to come down to the wire, but, with legislation that happens," says Hurt.
The potential of a government shutdown is less than a week away and there is still debate over the funding of the President's Afordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“Obviously we feel very strongly that the president's health care law is not ready for prime time, it shouldn't be funded, certainly not at this time,” says Hurt. “In the event that gets rejected who knows what will be on the negotiation table.”
Congressman Hurt believes that there should be an alternative to the affordable care act, but as of right now he says it's doing more harm than good.
“You have people making real sincere decisions about not hiring new workers or having to trim their workforce, layoff their workforce, or cut hours,” says Hurt. “All of these things are a result of the uncertainty of the president's healthcare law.”
Right now Congress can't agree on what government funding will look like for the next fiscal year, but Congressman Hurt thinks that the looming deadline is an opportunity to cut spending in other areas.
“It's not good, I don't think anybody thinks it a good idea to shut down the government,” says Hurt. “But I do think that these are opportunities for us to take serious steps to reducing spending and balancing our budget and reducing our debt.”
Hurt believes that cutting spending is more important than avoiding a government shutdown by conceding to Senate Democrats and thinks his constituents in the Va. 5th District feel the same way.
“It falls on us to go about our process in a deliberate way, a thoughtful way and hopefully a way that reflects funding for the federal government going forward, but also reflects some serious fiscal reforms going forward that can get us to the path of fiscal sanity.”