WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02)released the following statement on H.J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2014.

“Today the House voted on a CR that will keep the government open, get Washington spending under control and protect Americans from the harmful impact of Obamacare,” said Rep. Poe. “Senator Reid has already said that any legislation that defunds Obamacare is dead on arrival in the Senate. Why? An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that Obamacare is an unworkable law that destroys jobs, limits choice and raises cost of healthcare. The message of Americans has been clear: do not surrender our health care to the government. Congress has an obligation to reflect the true will of the people. The House has acted; it is time for the Senate to do the same.”

H.J. Res 59

  • Funds the Government through December 15th:  In order to give appropriators the opportunity to continue their work on the FY2014 bills and guarantee that House Republican priorities are reflected in the bills we send to the Senate, the House proposal will be a short term CR.
  • Funds the Government at current levels ($986.3 billion):The CR will be a straight extension of current spending levels - nothing in current law changes and the sequester remains in place.

·         Full Faith and Credit:Adds H.R. 807, the Full Faith and Credit Act, to the CR, requiring Treasury to make good on public debt payments should America reach the debt ceiling. This guarantees that the White House will not be able to play politics by ensuring that beneficiaries receive their social security and disability payments by prioritizing obligations to the Social Security Trust Fund. This demonstrates the seriousness with which we are approaching the essential task of delaying Obamacare before it afflicts all Americans.

  • Fully Defunds Obamacare:The CR will permanently and fully defund Obamacare by prohibiting all future discretionary and mandatory Obamacare spending and rescinding all unobligated balances.