WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding actions taken by the House and Senate to end the government shutdown:
“Keeping the government funded and fully operational is one of the most basic functions of Congress. Regardless of which party initiates it, a shutdown represents an abdication of responsibility and a failure to govern effectively. It is no way to run a country. I am pleased that normal government operations will resume through February 8th. “Last week, I voted for the government funding bill, commonly known as a continuing resolution (CR), before the government shutdown, and today I voted for the CR that reopened the government.”
H.R. 195 reopens the federal government by providing funding for government operations through February 8th. Included in the legislation is a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through fiscal year 2023, and relief from three taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act:
- Medical Device Tax (2 years);
- Health Insurance Tax (1 year);
- Excise tax on high-cost employer coverage (“Cadillac” tax) (2 years).
Additionally, federal employees—both military and civilian—who were furloughed during the three-day government shutdown will be retroactively paid.
“ I am pleased that this bill provides critical funding for CHIP, which is good news for Pennsylvania’s children and parents, as well as its health providers. Additionally, this bill included a two-year delay in the implementation of the medical device tax, which would adversely impact companies in the 15th Congressional district. The medical device tax kills jobs, stifles innovation, and raises prices for patients. Although this two-year delay is important, I will continue to fight for a full repeal of this destructive tax,” Dent continued.
“A continuing resolution is only a temporary solution, however. It will not provide the stability and consistency that the nation’s government, military, and federal workforce need in order to function properly. As a body, Congress will not get off this treadmill of continuing resolutions until a bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement is reached, and that agreement will not be reached until there is an agreement on DACA and border security. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as House and Senate leadership, to find a legislative solution for these issues,” Dent concluded.
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