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Congresswoman Jenkins on Paying Federal Workers and House Efforts to Fund Critical Parts of the Government

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 5, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN JENKINS (KAN.)

Congresswoman Jenkins on Paying Federal Workers and House Efforts to Fund Critical Parts of the Government

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) joined the House to support our nation’s nearly 800,000 furloughed federal employees by voting to make sure they will be paid for the time lost due to the government shutdown. She released the following statement after the vote:

“While Senate Democrats continue to refuse to come to the table and negotiate an end to their shutdown that is hurting hardworking Americans, the House has now passed more than a dozen straightforward bills to keep critical parts of the government running. I am doing everything I can to get the government back open. I did not want a shutdown, and I did not vote for it, but we cannot make progress toward putting an end to this shutdown without willing partners in President Obama and the Senate.

“Rather than actually working to resolve the situation by coming to the table to compromise, the president is focusing on scoring political points. There are no ‘winners’ here, only very real consequences for Kansans, their families, and Americans across the country. I hope the president and Senate Democrats will change their ‘my way or the highway’ position and open discussions to fund the government soon.”

Actions the House has taken to fund critical parts of the government include:

1. Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59) - to keep the government running at current spending levels and strengthen our economy by defundingthe president’s health care law.

2. Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59) - to keep the government running at current spending levels and strengthen our economy by delayingthe president’s health care law by one year, and permanently repealing ObamaCare’s medical device tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids.

3. Continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 59) - to keep the government running at current spending levels; ensure no special treatment for Congress under the president’s health care law; and delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate, providing all Americans with the same relief the president has given big businesses.

4. Continuing resolution (H. Res. 368) - to insist on plan to fund the government running at current spending levels; ensure no special treatment for Congress under the president’s health care law; delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate, providing all Americans with the same relief the president has given big businesses; and requests a formal House-Senate conference to resolve differences.

5. Pay Our Military Act - to allow all active service personnel, guard, reserve, and civilian personnel who support service members to be paid.

6. Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act - to allow our nation’s capital to continue operating using its local funds.

Open Our Nation’s Parks and Museum Act - to reopen our national parks, memorials, and museums.8. Research for Lifesaving Cures Act - to reopen the National Institutes of Health and ensure that all patients have access to clinical trials.

Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act - to ensure that our National Guard and reservists receive their pay.Honoring Our Promise to America's Veterans Act - to provide immediate funding for veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training.Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act - to provide immediate funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act - to provide immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act ­- to provide for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to government shutdown.Military Chaplain Resolution - to express the sense of Congress that there is a need for the continued availability of religious services for members of the Armed Forces and their families during a lapse in appropriations. ###

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