Owens Speaks Out On Congressional Budget Impasse
North Country Congressman Bill Owens has had enough of the back and forth.
"I'm sick of those folks who tick that tact in such a strong ideological way that they forget the rest of their responsibilities," he said.
He's talking about the battle over the federal budget. Congress has until October 1 to pass a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown.
The catch: Republicans in the House will only pass a resolution if it defunds President Obama's health care reform.
"It is a train wreck," House Speak John Boehner has said of health care reform. "It has to go."
"Any rational proposal that comes forward in my view should be voted on," Owens said. "We should not be tying this to ideology."
But that's exactly what Owens accuses some Republicans of doing. On Friday, the House will vote on a budget that would, in essence, defund Obamacare.
The chances of the Democrat-controlled Senate passing it next week are slim, leaving little time to come to an agreement before the deadline.
"I think that we need to be governing in a very pragmatic way," Owens said, "because these kinds of activities can have very negative impacts."
To add to Congress's troubles, the debt ceiling is set to be reached sometime in mid-October. If Republicans and Democrats can't agree to raise it, the goverment will default on its loans.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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