My Vote to Reopen the Federal Government

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-10-18 13:09:26
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, This week, Congress passed short�term legislation which reopened the government and averted a potentially catastrophic default on our nation's obligations.� The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-18.� I voted for the bill, and although this is not the deal Republicans had hoped for, it was the best deal we could get under the circumstances. � While I remain as committed as ever to dismantling Obamacare [link 1] before it has a chance to further damage our economy, defunding Obamacare in the continuing resolution was never a realistic goal. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the federal government, and the president has the power to veto any legislation that would dismantle his signature law. �I have been fighting the implementation of this terribly flawed law since 2009. �I will continue to fight for a delay to the individual mandate and a repeal of the medical device tax, among other reckless mandates whenever possible. �However, as the past few weeks have shown us, shutting down the government only placed undue stress on Americans and on the economy, and lost Republicans� advantage to negotiate spending reductions on the debt ceiling. Because this bill is a temporary measure, we will have another opportunity to address government spending in January. Our fiscal crisis is the most important challenge we face as a nation, and we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.� It is critical we return to regular order and operate through the budgeting and spending process the constitution fashioned, rather than continuing to fund the government in short-term increments. For the past 10 years, economic growth has been at two percent or less.� Our debt is nearing $17 trillion, and nothing we did this week addressed our out-of-control spending.� I believe any increase in the debt ceiling must come with policy reforms and assurances to address our long term debt and deficit. Americans have demanded that leaders in both parties make the necessary changes to put our nation on track to sustained economic growth and real job creation. These choices may not be ones we would like to make, but ones we must make � now. The Bowles-Simpson Commission [link 2] laid out a straightforward approach to addressing our nation's enormous fiscal challenges. With spending levels lowered through sequestration, we can now focus on reforming entitlements, simplifying the tax code and lowering rates, while invigorating the economy through the process. It is time to look beyond the recent short-term debates and embrace a comprehensive, balanced plan that will place America back on the path to economic greatness. I discussed our path forward with Larry Kudlow on CNBC on Wednesday night. You can watch my interview here: [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CNBC Photo.jpg] [link 3] Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Senator Chambliss in the News: Chambliss Speaks on Abu Anas al-Libi [link 4] Chambliss: Fallen warriors' families deserve our support, gratitude [link 5] Chambliss, Isakson Statements on Bipartisan Plan to Reopen Government, Prevent Default [link 6] Listen to my latest radio interviews here [link 7].
October 18, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, Congress passed short�term legislation which reopened the government and averted a potentially catastrophic default on our nation's obligations.  The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-18.  I voted for the bill, and although this is not the deal Republicans had hoped for, it was the best deal we could get under the circumstances.  

before it has a chance to further damage our economy, defunding Obamacare in the continuing resolution was never a realistic goal. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the federal government, and the president has the power to veto any legislation that would dismantle his signature law.  I have been fighting the implementation of this terribly flawed law since 2009.  I will continue to fight for a delay to the individual mandate and a repeal of the medical device tax, among other reckless mandates whenever possible.  However, as the past few weeks have shown us, shutting down the government only placed undue stress on Americans and on the economy, and lost Republicans� advantage to negotiate spending reductions on the debt ceiling.

Because this bill is a temporary measure, we will have another opportunity to address government spending in January. Our fiscal crisis is the most important challenge we face as a nation, and we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy.  It is critical we return to regular order and operate through the budgeting and spending process the constitution fashioned, rather than continuing to fund the government in short-term increments.

For the past 10 years, economic growth has been at two percent or less.  Our debt is nearing $17 trillion, and nothing we did this week addressed our out-of-control spending.  I believe any increase in the debt ceiling must come with policy reforms and assurances to address our long term debt and deficit. Americans have demanded that leaders in both parties make the necessary changes to put our nation on track to sustained economic growth and real job creation. These choices may not be ones we would like to make, but ones we must make � now.

The Bowles-Simpson Commission laid out a straightforward approach to addressing our nation's enormous fiscal challenges. With spending levels lowered through sequestration, we can now focus on reforming entitlements, simplifying the tax code and lowering rates, while invigorating the economy through the process. It is time to look beyond the recent short-term debates and embrace a comprehensive, balanced plan that will place America back on the path to economic greatness.

I discussed our path forward with Larry Kudlow on CNBC on Wednesday night. You can watch my interview here:

Very Truly Yours,

Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter.

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