Gohmert: Compromise bill 'does so much damage to present and future generations'

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:45 - Written by From Staff and Wire Reports

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-East Texas, issued the following statement regarding the Senate bill that puts off dealing with U.S. massive overspending and continues funding ObamaCare which the House voted on last night:

“Last night, we voted on legislation that continues the massive overspending of money we do not have. This bill borrows even more money that will come out of the pockets of future generations of Americans; our kids and grandkids. The bill permits all ‘non-essential’ federal government workers to return to work with back pay and raises the limit on America’s credit card to any amount the President cares to spend so long as it is spent before February 7th.

Unfortunately, the deal also fully funds and implements the disastrous ObamaCare system that lowers the quality of healthcare and healthcare choices while costing more.

The bill passed tonight does not protect people’s religious beliefs. It continues to require people to pay for abortions in the ObamaCare insurance plans, even when those people believe in their hearts it is wrong.

Though the President has previously announced he would not enforce the mandated penalties against big businesses for next year, he and the Senate successfully fought off our demand that we provide individual Americans with the same waiver provided to big business.

I cannot in good conscience support such a bill that contains so much that the vast majority of my constituents do not support and that does so much damage to present and future generations.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama blasted Republican lawmakers for the partial shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.

"The American people are completely fed up with Washington," Obama said in stern remarks at the White House, just hours after signing a last-minute measure from Congress that headed off the threat that the nation would default on its debts.

In hopes of averting another standoff early next year when the temporary measure runs out, Congress' four top budget writers met over breakfast Thursday to begin two months of budget talks. Obama urged them to put aside partisan differences and brinkmanship tactics to find common ground.

Obama also sought to ensure governments and investors around the world that the "full faith and credit of the United States remains unquestioned."

"We'll bounce back from this," Obama said. "We always do."