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Government Shutdown Looming, QCA Lawmakers Weigh In

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Working to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House voted early Sunday morning to approve two amendments to a federal spending bill.

One amendment delays the implementation of much of the Affordable Care Act by one year. The other repeals the Medical Device Tax, which was intended to help fund the president's landmark healthcare law.

House members also voted unanimously in favor of the 'Pay Our Military Act', ensuring that the U.S. military continues to get paid if the government shuts down.

And that's just what could happen if Congress fails to agree to a federal spending plan by midnight on Monday, September 30.

A partial shutdown would begin Tuesday morning.

But, lawmakers remain divided in the budget battle, and our local Congressmen and Senators are no exception.

As Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) put it in a statement on Sunday: "It's a sad day for our country that some in Washington seem determined to force a shutdown of the government just to get their way."

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) spoke out against the bill passed by the House in his own statement, saying, "the government shutdown bill passed by the House tonight is reckless and irresponsible, and is a threat to job creation and our economic recovery."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) disagrees. He voted in favor of the house bill.

"Through a bipartisan vote, the House has given Senate Democrats another chance to do what a majority of hardworking Americans want: give every American the same one year delay from the burdens of Obamacare that the Obama Administration gave to big businesses," Rep. Kinzinger said in a statement.

But, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says the House bill is basically the same one sent to the Senate before, and the Democrat-controlled Senate will reject it.

He called the situation "sad":

"If there is to be a constructive conversation about the future of healthcare reform, it's going forward, I fully support that. But let's sit down in a bipartisan and calm way, not with the prospect of shutting down the government or shutting down the economy," Sen. Durbin said on 'Face the Nation' on Sunday.

Still, the House-backed bill will likely have at least one local ally in the Senate. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a statement saying he's "committed to using every tool to stop [Obamacare] because of what's at stake for America's economy."

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) countered in his own statement, saying "Iowans cannot afford to pay the price of Republicans' games."


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