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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Bishop Votes in Support of Funding for Federal Government and One Year Delay of Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Press Release
WASHINGTON-- Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) joined fellow House Republicans in support of a stop gap measure known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) that authorizes an extension of the current rate of funding for the federal government. The measure also includes a provision that will delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. 

"I wish we were passing a bicamerally agreed upon budget today instead of yet another short-term continuing resolution. As long as Senator Reid continues to stymie the budget process, we have no choice but to pass emergency stop gap measures that keep the government running. This bill also addresses the reality that few Americans are ready for the implementation of one of the most intrusive and expensive policies to have ever been signed into law. Additionally, it repeals the medical device tax that is forcing companies to hire workers outside of the United States, killing jobs in Utah and many other states. Even the President has acknowledged that there are serious problems with Obamacare, which is why he has unilaterally implemented delays of certain parts of the law. It's troubling that in light of this, and the many problems emerging about the law, he has issued a veto threat of this continuing resolution. History illustrates that this type of governance does not result in a successful and thriving country. As George Santayana noted in his work, The Life of Reason, 'those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.'," said Bishop.

Congressman Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, sought to include in the CR additional funding for the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildfire suppression and rehabilitation programs. Congressman Bishop also included a provision that would prevent construction of the current design for the official national memorial honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower until a resolution can be reached that addresses the project's many ongoing controversies. This provision would, among many things, help promote an alternative to the current design, which is projected to cost approximately $142 million.