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Foster Votes Against Extreme Republican Agenda

Sep 20, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) voted against H.J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution.

“I am very concerned that the stopgap measure introduced by House Republicans indicates they are more interested in political posturing than passing workable legislation,” said Foster.

Many Republicans have spoken out against H.J. Res. 59 including Senator John McCain who called it a “suicide note”, Senator Richard Burr who called it “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” and Congressman Tom Cole who called it the “political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum.”

“Government works best when both sides come together to produce legislation that is supported by the middle – but unfortunately the process has been hijacked by the right wing of the Republican Party.  With just four working days left to avoid a government shutdown, it’s time to end the political posturing and get to work,” said Foster.  

The legislation includes a provision to block funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, marking the 42nd attempt by House Republicans to repeal or undermine the health care legislation.  H.J. Res. 59 also would continue the Republican sequester cuts, funding the government at $988 billion through December 15, 2013. 

 “We have many important issues to tackle – unemployment among the middle class remains unacceptably high, our broken immigration system is in desperate need of reform and thousands of Americans still face home foreclosure every day,” Foster added.  “But we can’t address any of these important issues when we are on the verge of government shutdown and default and continue to govern from one crisis to the next.”