The week in Review:

This week, the House passed a responsible compromise that will reopen the government, raise the debt limit and end the budget impasse in Washington. The American people deserve a solution that ends the partisan bickering, opens the government and ensures we pay our bills on time.

While I would prefer a plan that makes more substantial reforms to grow the economy, address our excessive spending, and fix the broken health care law, this agreement will allow us to move forward.

It is vital that Congress address our growing debt and get spending under control. The next step is for the House and Senate to sit down and talk so that we can address this problem.

The last few weeks have been a challenging time for our country. We need to get past these budget disagreements and concentrate on creating jobs, growing our economy, and ensuring our government lives within its means.

Obamacare Rollout Disaster:

The unveiling of  Obamacare  has been a nationwide headache.  The Associated Press reports that some 20 million people have attempted to sign up for health insurance. They have been met with broken web pages, long wait times on the phone, and still have no idea of just how expensive coverage under Obamacare will be. As of this week, of those 20 million people only about 36,000 have successfully signed up for Obamacare.

Taxpayers forked over hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for this:

Robert Gibbs, who served as President Obama’s Press Secretary, said, “I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure this thing was supposed to work.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said, “they had three years to get this ready. If they weren't’t fully ready, they should accept the advice Republicans are giving them, delay it for a year, get it ready and make sure it works.”

The American people are rightfully concerned about Obamacare.  Implementation of the law has been a train wreck, families are paying higher premiums, workers are seeing their hours cut, and businesses are not growing because of it.

You can rest assured that I will continue to fight to stop Obamacare while developing an alternative plan that actually makes health care more affordable and accessible.

EPA Listening Sessions:

On September 30th, the EPA announced they would hold public listening sessions on its plan to regulate carbon from existing power plants that will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and raise electricity prices. While hosting 11 public listening sessions across the country in order to solicit feedback from the public is important, the EPA’s  plan leaves out those most impacted by the regulation by seeking input only in major urban areas. 

The EPA must hear from Americans on Main Street in rural America not downtown San Francisco or Washington, D.C.. If the EPA really wants to learn the impact this regulation will have on mayors, store clerks, senior citizens, blue-collar Americans and others, we must hold these sessions in locations that produce coal and coal-fired electricity.

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