WASHINGTON (September 20, 2013)—U.S. Reps. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Roger Williams, R-Austin, voted with House Republicans Friday to pass a temporary funding measure to keep the government running coupled with a tea party-backed measure to block President Obama's new health care law.
The 230 -189 vote set the stage for a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate, which promises to strip the "defund Obamacare" provision from the bill next week and to challenge the House to pass it as a straightforward funding bill that Mr. Obama will sign.
The White House said Mr. Obama would veto the measure in the unlikely event it reaches him.
At issue is the need to pass a short-term funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends on Sept. 30.
Washington's longstanding budget stalemate has derailed the annual appropriations bills required to fund federal agency operations.
The three Central Texas congressmen say that their constituents support keeping the government open for business, but don’t support the sweeping health care plan.
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan
“By voting in support of this continuing resolution, I have once again fulfilled my continuing commitment to stop the Obamacare ‘train wreck’. Simultaneously, I worked to ensure that our military men and women continue to receive their pay as this continuing resolution will fund the federal government through mid-December.
“This resolution allows us to continue working on the issues that are important to America such as cutting wasteful spending, creating jobs, growing our economy and fixing an out-of-control Washington.
U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock
"This bill does what is necessary to prevent a government shutdown, sustain vital military and security operations, hold our government's spending in check, and provide the time to allow us to return to regular order.
"The American people, especially those that I represent in District 31 have spoken loud and clear; Obamacare must be defunded. It is a tremendously flawed law that is wreaking havoc on businesses and American's alike. This bill represents their voice."
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin
“This is a vote that Americans have been asking for. By keeping the government funded, defunding Obamacare, and making good on our nation’s bills, families and businesses across America can rest assured that their taxpayer dollars are being spent in a responsible manner.”
“The will of the American people cannot be overshadowed by the President and Senate’s threats to veto and throw out this important legislation. I hope Harry Reid brings this bill to the Senate floor quickly.”