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Southwest Missouri Lawmakers Defend Votes to Defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representatives from southwest Missouri are defending their votes Friday to defund Obamacare.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representatives from southwest Missouri are defending their votes Friday to defund Obamacare.

By a 230-189 tally almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.

Congressman Billy Long (R-7th District) released a statement, saying, "When traveling my district I continue to hear from business owners and citizens who are burdened by this law and concerned about its impact on jobs. My colleagues and I in the House have repeatedly backed our words with actions when it comes to Obamacare through our votes and committee work.  It is time for our colleagues in the Senate to back up their words with action when it comes to repealing Obamacare. I continue to believe the best course of action is to repeal this law and start from scratch."

Congressman Jason Smith (R-8th District) writes in a statement, "When I talk to folks back home in Missouri, it remains clear that our families and businesses want to keep the federal government open and defund Obamacare. As time goes on, the list of problems with Obamacare gets longer. The reality of rising premiums, job-killing mandates, and jeopardized patient care are proof that this unworkable legislation must be stopped."

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-4th District) says she has voted to repeal or defund all or part of Obamacare more than 40 times.

"Opposition to this takeover of the nation's health care system is growing, and it is time for the Senate to take a stand and put the brakes on this terrible law," she writes in a statement. "I look forward to seeing Senators truly representing the citizens of their states by approving this common sense measure to rid the country of this ill-conceived law."

The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is certain to reject the provision that defunds President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement of his first term.


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