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Friends:

For weeks now, House Republicans have been working to find a way to keep the government running, prevent a shutdown, and protect Americans from the economic impacts of Obamacare.

But since mid-summer, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have refused to negotiate. How can we fix problems with the health care law if the Senate and President won’t even sit down and discuss it?

Let’s recap:

First, the House passed a bill to keep the government running and defund the health care law.

Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected that.

“No negotiations,” they said. Then, the House passed a bill to keep the government running, delay Obamacare for a year and repeal the job-killing medical device tax(something that 79 Senators had already supported repealing earlier this year).

Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected that.

“No negotiations,” they said. Then, the House passed a bill to keep the government running, give individuals the same one-year delay President Obama granted big businesses, and take away the special health care subsidy for members of Congress.

Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected that.

“No negotiations,” they said. Finally, the House voted to go to the negotiating table, to sit down with the Senate and come up with a solution.

You guessed it.

Harry Reid and the Democrat controlled Senate rejected that.

Our objective is to avert the worst impacts of Obamacare –higher health care costs, fewer jobs, and lower take-home pay and fewer hours – not shut down the government. Unfortunately, President Obama and Harry Reid are not budging one inch. They refuse to compromise at all when it comes to their health care law.

Over the next days I will continue to listen to my constituents and find a way to open the government and work to defund, delay, or reform Obamacare.

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David B. McKinley

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