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Harkin Statement on Senate Funding Measure

September 27, 2013

Harkin Statement on Senate Funding Measure

‘Responsible budgeting will keep our government running and keep our economy moving forward.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate approval of a bill that would keep the federal government running after September 30th.   The Senate continuing resolution would fund the federal government at current levels of $986.3 billion through November 15th and strikes the language approved by the U.S. House calling for the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.  Harkin is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

“The continuing resolution approved by the Senate today responsibly averts a government shutdown and puts Congress on a path to address our spending needs.  Our economy cannot sustain another manufactured crisis, which is why I hope the U.S. House will recognize the urgency of this situation, put ideology aside, and act swiftly to take up and pass this measure,” said Harkin. 

“Iowans and all Americans need the certainty that comes from responsible budgeting in Washington.  Shutting down the government would deny Iowa’s children, seniors, veterans, and small businesses many of the critical services they rely on to meet their daily needs.  Now the House needs to stop holding middle class families hostage to their demands to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act and act responsibly to keep our economy moving in the right direction.”