Three months ago,, instead of heading to their respective
congressional districts for the month of August. While I believe it is important
to connect with folks back home, I believed the business before
Congress was too important to wait. Bills funding the government remained
for completion. Defense cuts due to sequestration had not been
addressed. Obamacare remained the law. I argued that it should not take a
government shutdown threat each year to force Congress to do its job.
Later that day, I votedagainst Congress adjourning for five weeks, .
Instead, the government shut down on
October 1, costing taxpayers an estimated $24 billion dollars. On
October 17, the United States government that shuttered 16 days too long
reopened, federal employees returned to work, veterans no longer
wondered if they will receive the benefits they have earned, and
Americans were able to again utilize basic government services and visit
our national monuments and historic landmarks such as Historic
But there is no cause for celebration after the passage
of this legislation to re-open the government; in fact, this entire
process has highlighted the fact that Washington is broken. There
has been an abdication of leadership, and an allowance of crisis
management to get things done. This is not what our founding fathers
I do not and will not advocate for last-minute deals,
but the choice on the bill before us was yes or no, and the right thing
to do was to re-open our government and stand by our obligations. But
the fight is not over.
As I have for years,. Instead of governing by crisis,
leaders in Washington, D.C., must responsibly govern by getting the
people�s business completed on time.
I supported previous
efforts to fund government and repeal Obamacare because I believe the
health law is fundamentally flawed. Many of you have contacted me with
your concerns about higher premiums that you cannot afford. Just last
week, I spoke with a young mother of two children who is being forced
off her current plan that covers her children, and cannot afford the
alternate plans for her and her family. I believe there is much work to
be done to ensure high quality, affordable health care is available
for those who need it.
The fight for real health reform
will continue, and the fight for responsible governing will continue. I
believe that America has great days ahead, and it is my hope that
Congress will listen to the people. Washington has an opportunity to
improve from this crisis, but has a long way back to even ground. Our
founding fathers intended healthy debate on critical issues affecting our
republic, but not at the expense of its citizens. I intend to
fight every day for what is right for our country and for our future
because it is too important to ignore.
The main streets of
Virginia�s First District are full of ideas to get our economy back on
track, and your feedback is critically important to me as I serve you. I
can be reached by telephone at (202) 225-4261, through my website (www.wittman.house.gov), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/reprobwittman), and via Twitter (www.twitter.com/robwittman).
Rob Wittman: Washington is
WATCH: Congressman Rob Wittman spoke on the House Floor on October 11,
2013, during the government shutdown. .