What Congressional delegates are saying about the shut-down

Oct 01, 2013

Senator Burr statement on government shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the government shutdown:

“Beginning October 1st, the federal government will shut down and all non-essential operations will cease until Congress and the White House reach an agreement to restore funding.

As a result, my offices in Winston-Salem, Asheville, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, and Wilmington will be closed and constituent service operations will be temporarily suspended for the duration of the shutdown. Unfortunately this means that my office will not be able to assist with situations involving Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, immigration matters, passports, the Internal Revenue Service, securing military medals for veterans, or matters pertaining to any other federal government agency. All current enrollees in Social Security and Medicare should see no interruption in their benefits.

Additionally, my office in Washington, D.C. will be operating at very limited capacity to support the core legislative functions needed to end the shutdown and restore government operations.

My colleagues and I are working to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

For information on individual fed agency operating status, please visit the OMB site here.”


Meadows Calls for Senate to Come to the Table on Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement today regarding the federal government shutdown.


“Today we face the reality of a government shutdown, as the Senate has rejected every solution put forth by the House without a single constructive counterproposal,” Meadows said.  “The House has voted four times to protect the American people from both a shutdown and an unworkable law.  We sent over multiple compromises, each one rejected by Harry Reid.  The Senate’s refusal, by a party-line vote, to even go to conference with the House at this crucial time is the definition of unreasonable.


“The House bill blocked special Obamacare subsidies for Members of Congress and Washington insiders.  By delaying the individual mandate, the bill granted the same reprieve to the American people that President Obama has already given to big business and insurance companies.  It is not fair for Congress and political appointees to get a special deal.  With his repeated rejection of the House’s proposals, it is clear that Harry Reid disagrees.


“While the shutdown is in effect, my Hendersonville and DC offices will remain open to serve the constituents of the 11th District.  Please feel free to contact these offices with questions or concerns.  Our other offices will be closed, and we have suspended all non-essential travel and expenses.  For the duration of the shutdown, I have also requested to have my pay withheld.


“I am willing to do whatever it takes to find a solution that reopens the federal government and protects the hardworking families in Western North Carolina from the harmful consequences of Obamacare.  It is time for the Senate to join the House at the negotiating table and start working on behalf of the American people.”

Comments (3)
Posted by: Joe Vescovi | Oct 02, 2013 08:49

Congress Meadows was one of the main architects (CNN report) to the House bill that would de-fund The Affordable Care Act.  Isn't  THAT why we are in the situation we are in?  If you don't like parts of the bill, try to do something to correct them, but don't deny the thousands who need insurance the opportunity to get it.  I am really getting sick of all the "talking points" both sides give and their block voting strictly along party lines.

Posted by: Beth G. Johnson | Oct 02, 2013 10:32

First of all, the insurance exchanges are working now, although with computer glitches so people are able to sign up for health insurance.

Second, the House proposal of NO special subsidies for Congress and Congressional employees is very sensible.  Why did the Senate not even schedule a vote?

Third, if the House and all of the Federal government had actually done its job and passed the 13 appropriation bills necessary to fund a complete budget we would not be in this mess.

RE-Election NO One

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Oct 04, 2013 11:12

      What they the above said!

       Yesterday I went on the N.C. exchange thru the MSN website. The cheapest rate was about 15% less than we pay now with lower caps on our payout until insurance kicks in. This is also before any govt. subsidies, which being retired & not on any govt. entitlement program, should be substantial. There were 47 plans available. Most were more expensive than what we pay now. The easily confused could certainly look at the top plans and conclude, perhaps, that their rates were going thru the roof, depending on what they pay now, of course. However, for anyone paying attention, the idea that anyone's rates are going up exponentially as some have claimed is just not reasonable.

             Yesterday I talked to two people about ACA. I asked if they had gone to the exchanges & explained how Barb and I were going to get a 15% reduction of health care costs and in both instances they got pissed and wouldn't talk about it anymore. Except that the one man said " I don't care what that man in Washington says, I'm not changing my plan".


        Chuck Z.

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