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Shutdown Showdown Over Gov't Spending & Health Care Reform

A conservative challenge to the president's health care law has the federal government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown.

The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open past midnight on Monday, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Buffalo's Early News In-Depth:
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Ed Hutton, from  Niagara University's Financial Services Lab


Congress was closed for the day on Sunday after a post-midnight vote in the GOP-run House to delay by a year key parts of the new health care law and repeal a tax on medical devices as the price for avoiding a shutdown.

The Senate is slated to convene Monday afternoon just 10 hours before the shutdown deadline, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has already promised that majority Democrats will kill the House's latest volley.

A House GOP leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, said the House would again rebuff the Senate's efforts to advance the short-term funding bill as a simple, "clean" measure shorn of anti-heath care reform provisions.

On The WBEN Liveline
Cong. Chris Collins

   From Hardline
(The WBEN Politics Program, Sunday 10am -12noon) 
   Cong. Tom Reed
Note: For balance, we also tried to reach Cong. Brian Higgins, but he was unavailable for an interview.
Collins, Higgins & Reed:   Shutdown Statements from WNY's Congressmen
Chris Collins
(R- Clarence)

“For the second time this week, I was proud to vote for a bill that keeps the government funded, pays our troops, but stops the train wreck that is ObamaCare.  
The question facing Washington Democrats is very simple - will they vote again to shut the government down in order to protect Obamacare and continue hurting our economy and harming the families of the 27th district?

My constituents have spoken very clearly - it is time for Washington Democrats to stop playing legislative games, keep the government funded and finally end the train wreck that is Obamacare.  The choice is theirs.”  

- Released Saturday Sept. 28
  Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo)

"On Friday the Senate approved and sent to the House a clean budget resolution, free of politically charged add-ins, that would accomplish the simple and responsible goal of funding the budget and keeping the federal government running.  

"Rather than bringing that bill to the floor for consideration, the American economy and people have been hijacked by a small group of Congressional extremists who insist on making a political statement at any expense.

"By insisting on a politically charged bill, House Republicans chose politics over people.  It puts us on a fast-track to government shutdown.  It was avoidable, unnecessary and will cost hard-working Americans."

-Sunday Sept. 29
  Cong. Tom Reed (R-Corning)

“If the President and Harry Reid continue to refuse to negotiate, I support presenting a simple request to them: repeal the special treatment under Obamacare that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the President secured for Members of Congress and their DC insider friends, and I will vote to keep the government open.

The special exemption under Obamacare for Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the President is unfair and just plain wrong. That’s why I am introducing a measure to keep the government funded and repeal the special exemption so that all Americans are treated fairly under the President’s health care law.

Repealing this special treatment is a minimum common sense reform and will ensure the government stays open. To me, doing that is something that truly changes the status quo in DC. If Harry Reid and the President choose to treat themselves differently and ensure they receive special treatment, they are choosing to shut down the government for their own self interests.”

  - Monday Sept 30

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