Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger votes to keep government open

Sep 20, 2013
Press Release
September 20, 2013


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted in favor of a short-term spending plan which prevents a government shutdown, eliminates funding for Obamacare, continues necessary spending cuts, and protects Social Security benefits for millions of seniors.
The appropriations bill (H.J. Res. 59) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 230-189.
“Throughout this debate, I’ve focused on two goals,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Defunding Obamacare, which is responsible for killing thousands of full-time jobs, and preventing the economic chaos of a government shutdown.  This legislation accomplishes both goals.
“Today’s vote was a victory for hardworking American families.
“Today’s vote was a victory for America’s future.  Just this week, the Congressional Budget Office reported America is on a path of ‘unsustainable’ public debt.  By continuing the spending cuts previously agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, Washington takes an important step toward fiscal sanity.
“Today’s vote was also a victory for America’s seniors.  No longer will our Greatest Generation watch helplessly as their Social Security benefits are used as a political football during budget and debt ceiling debates.
“There is more work to do.  Congress must take responsible steps to avoid a default on our national debt, we must move quickly to pass a comprehensive, common-sense health care reform package, and Washington’s wasteful spending must be eliminated.  Will Senate Democrats and President Obama join us in building a brighter future for every American?”
Congressman Pittenger has consistently supported efforts to repeal, defund, or replace Obamacare which avoid unnecessary hardships for America’s seniors, military, and children.