House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.J. Res. 59, a continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare while keeping the government open:
“Thank you Madam Speaker, and I thank the gentleman from Kentucky, the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the House, for his leadership on bringing this bill forward.
“I rise today in strong support of this measure providing for the Continuing Resolution.
“Today, millions of Americans across this country are struggling. They are struggling to find good paying jobs and they are struggling to pay their bills, and their frustration with government continues to grow. These Americans – these hardworking middle class Americas – are counting on their elected representatives to show leadership during these hard times.
“This continuing resolution will keep the government funded at its current level without increasing spending at the discretionary level, while Congress finishes working on a real budget. Americans are tired of seeing the their government continue to spend more and more of their hard earned tax dollars, and for the first time since the Korean War, it will be possible to have two consecutive years of discretionary spending cuts.
“This resolution will also protect the working middle class from the devastating effects of ObamaCare. Each week, we hear stories about how both major employers and small businesses are cutting back benefits and cutting back hours. The President’s health care law is turning our full time economy into a part time economy. Even the heads of major unions who were once so supportive of ObamaCare want to see this law drastically changed to avoid further “nightmare scenarios.”
“Let’s defund this law now and protect the American people from the economic calamity that we know ObamaCare will create.
“Americans back home are fighting for their families, and we in Congress were sent to Washington by our constituents to fight for them.
“They have put faith in their leaders to do what’s right.
“For this entire Congress, this House has led on restoring faith in our economy and trust in our government. We should pass this Continuing Resolution so the Senate can finally begin to do the same.
“Again, I would like to thank the gentleman from Kentucky, the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers, for his work on this measure along with the help of the gentleman from Louisiana, the Republican Study Committee Chairman, Steve Scalise, for their hard work on the issue and I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.”