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Harkin accuses House Republicans of “blackmail”

‘Attempting to nullify laws by blackmail only harms the economy.’

Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Tom Harkin
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House approval today of a continuing resolution that amends a Senate-approved measure by funding the federal government at current levels of $986.3 billion through December 15th. The House measure also adds language that delays implementation of the Affordable Care Act and repeals a medical device tax. Harkin is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

“House Republicans are attempting to nullify a law upheld by the Supreme Court, not by overturning the law, but by blackmail – threatening to shut down the government. That would only harm our fragile economy. This measure has no chance of passing the Senate. The fact that the Senate has already rejected a similar proposal demonstrates that House Republicans would rather play games than govern. Iowans and all Americans deserve better.”

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