From Marsha Blackburn:
You might have heard me use these four words lately. I've talked a lot about delay and defund the mechanism to remove the job-killing Affordable Care Act. My colleagues and I are committed to delaying, defunding, and repealing this train wreck. That's not all I'm after. I want to take a minute today to let you know about the "replace" component of my plan.
This week, I joined fellow members of the Republican Study Committee to introduce the American Health Care Reform Act. It was great to work with Clarksville native and fellow colleague Dr Phil Roe as he led the working group in creating the American Health Care Reform Act. This legislation takes a market-centered approach to reforming health care by allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines. It also permits businesses to pool together in association health plans in order to drive competition. When we replace Washington-centered law with interstate competition, we encourage efficiency and pass cost-savings on to you and your bank account.
Today, the House voted on legislation that controls spending, defunds Obamacare, and prevents a government shutdown. It passed the House 230-189. I hope our colleagues in the Senate will do everything they can to force this debate on the Senate floor. Obamacare isn't ready for primetime - it will fail to deliver on all the promises the Obama Administration has made. Many advocacy groups have called for the defund debate to be pushed in the Senate. It has been heard in the House and now the American people need to encourage the Senate to act. Join me in tweeting using the hashtag #SenateMustAct.
Also this week, my colleagues and I voted to close loopholes in the SNAP program.
SNAP is a federal assistance program which provides help to low- and no-income individuals and families living in the U.S. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), there are currently about 1.8 million people enrolled in SNAP who should not qualify based on their assets and income. We have an obligation to you, the taxpayer, to be as prudent with your money as possible. Closing these loopholes is a great place to start.
It looks like we'll be back in DC next week, so don't forget to keep up with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
Have a great weekend,
PS- I'll be joining Meet the Press this Sunday. Tune into NBC at 9:00am if you can!