U.S. Representative Mike Kelly issued a statement of support for a package of bills that was approved by the House of Representatives, funding the federal government for 2014 and prohibiting the funding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
The bill passed by a 230-189 margin, with bi-partisan support. Two Democrats voted for the measure, and one Republican opposed it.
Kelly said, "The Affordable Care Act is proving to be the national nightmare that most Americans feared it would be. After being told we had to pass the law to find out what's in it, the nation has seen it for what it is: a brutally unfair, unworkable and unaffordable job-killer."
"When the American people opposed the law's initial passage in 2010, they were wrongly ignored. Three and a half years later, a majority of Americans still reject Obamacare and it's time for there will to be answered."
He added, "Today's Continuing Resolution respects the will of the American people by keeping their government fully functioning while ending the presidents job-killing health care law... It controls spending while guaranteeing that the Treasury maintains our nation's full faith and credit if ever we reach our debt limit."
"Now the ball is in the Senate's court."
Representative Glenn Thompson said he was pleased with the vote. "A couple of Democrats joined us to keep the money coming and the federal government operating."
He added that he wished the Senate had shown willingness to approve the appropriations bill. We are faced with a potential shutdown, and we voted to keep the government running.
Thompson said the Affordable Care Act would have a "devastating" effect on the Children's Health Insurance Program, which helps parents pay for healthcare. He added that the ACP would only fund a limited percentage of physicians' charges.
"We've done our jobs. I would hope that Majority Leader (Harry) Reid will take it under due consideration."