Transcript: Remarks by Eric Cantor & John Boehner on the House CR to de-fund Obamacare
Partial transcript of remarks by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner on the passage of the H.J. Res. 59 continuing resolution to fund the federal government beginning on Oct. 1, 2013 but de-fund the Affordable Care Act. The House Republican rally was held on Sept. 20, 2013:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.):
You know, the House has been fighting to stop Obamacare since 2009, and we have said over and over again, this law is going to increase the cost for the working middle-class families of this country and we’re now seeing it. We’ve said from the beginning that this law will harm our economy, and we’re seeing our economy turn from a full-time job economy into a part-time job economy. That’s why we are doing our job and now it is up to Senate Democrats to show some responsibility and follow the House’s lead.
You know, many Senate Republicans have promised to leave no stone unturned fighting this bill and all of us here support that effort. And we’re calling on Senate Democrats to do the same thing.
And I want to know where Sen. [Mark] Pryor stands on protecting the middle class from the consequences of this horrific bill. Earlier this summer, a non-profit group in Fort Smith, Arkansas that provides care for seniors announced that they’re cutting hours for hundreds of staff members to 28 hours a week.
How about Kay Hagan in North Carolina? Does she understand the consequences that Obamacare is having in her state? Carlie C’s, a grocery store, the President Mack McLamb has said it’s not feasible or sustainable to extend coverage for all of the 1,100 employees that he has. He, too, may have to cut hours for much of his workforce.
What about Mary Landrieu of Louisiana? Obamacare is also hurting her hardworking taxpayers in that state. In July, Lawrence Katz, owner of Dot’s Diner, told the Senator in a committee hearing that he may have to lay off as many as 16 workers, and these are working middle-class Americans just trying to make ends meet.
And finally, what about Mark Begich of Alaska? Through Obamacare, Americans across the country could be hit with a rate shot. In Alaska, it’s predicted that premiums could rise between 30% and 80%. What is Sen. Begich going to do about this? Will he vote to keep Obamacare in place? We’re into the fight and we want the Senate to join us.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
You know, we have a victory today for the American people. And frankly, we have a victory for common sense.
Listen, Sen. Baucus said it right several months ago when he said that this law is a train wreck, and it is a train wreck.
You know, the President said that if we pass this law, health care costs will go down. Well, now that we find out that health care costs are going up for most Americans.
The President said if you like the health insurance policy that you have, you can keep it. Well, now we found out that’s not quite accurate either and in the coming months millions of Americans are going to find out it’s just not quite true.
Listen, this is hurting our constituents. It’s hurting the American people at a time when the economy is barely eeking along, wages aren’t increasing, new jobs aren’t available. And what are we doing? We’re putting more costs and more inconvenience on the American people. It’s time for us to say no. It’s time for us to stop this before it causes any more damage to American families and American businesses.
We have businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law. You’ve got other businesses that are reducing the hours of their employees because of this law.
And so our message to the United States Senate is real simple. The American people don’t want the government shutdown and they don’t want Obamacare.
The House has listened to the American people. Now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.
- C-Span.org: Video of House Republican rally after passage of H.J. Res. 59 on Sept. 20, 2013
- thomas.loc.gov: H.J. Res. 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2014
- clerk.house.gov: Final vote results for roll call #478 on H.J. Res. 59
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