McCaskill Statement on Bipartisan Senate Deal to Reopen Government, Prevent Federal Default
Senate proposal would restart federal services and avoid catastrophic default
Senator hopes agreement can be ‘blueprint for cooperation and compromise… Let’s learn from this and do better’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement in support of a bipartisan Senate agreement that would reopen the federal government and prevent a catastrophic federal default, after a two-week long government shutdown over continued objections from U.S. House members to the Affordable Care Act of 2010:
“Let’s learn from this and do better. I sincerely hope this bipartisan agreement can be a blueprint for future cooperation and compromise. As we turn the page, I’m anxious to get back to work on the things that really matter to Missouri families—like expanding job opportunities, fixing our roads, and making college more affordable. But we’re only going to achieve those goals through negotiation, compromise, and moderation.”
The agreement reached today between Republican and Democratic Senate leaders would reopen the government, avoid a federal default, and require Senate-House negotiations toward a final budget agreement, while keeping intact the Affordable Care Act.
More than two weeks ago, U.S. House members shut down the federal government by demanding a dismantling of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for funding federal agencies, and refusing to allow an up-or-down vote on a “clean” funding bill free of such policy riders. During that time, nearly 40,000 federal employees in Missouri have been out of work, benefits for Missouri’s veterans have been delayed, vital loans for small businesses have been sidelined, Social Security checks have failed to go out to seniors enrolling in the program for the first time, and parks and offices across the state have been closed.
McCaskill, a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, has consistently worked across the aisle to make commonsense improvements to the law as it is implemented—first by successfully removing a burdensome reporting requirement on businesses, then teaming up with Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to seek a repeal of a provision that has proved problematic by causing some states to subsidize high wages at hospitals through Medicare reimbursements.
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