Local lawmakers speak out before looming government shutdown

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Local lawmakers are making their voices heard ahead of a government shutdown looming in just 10 days.

Republicans voted to defund it in a bill that would keep the government running after September 30 but the bill has no chance of passing in the Democratically-controlled Senate.

If a compromise isn’t reached, it could deal a devastating blow to the American economy.

While speaking to Michigan Republicans Saturday afternoon, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said the healthcare law likely can’t be defeated and there’s little that he or other Congressional Republicans can do to stop it.

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth says there’s no point in trying to keep the law from taking effect.

“I think Kentuckians realize the protections in it are very important to them, millions benefit from it so there’s no benefit from delaying further implementation.”

According to recent polls, a majority of Americans are against the Healthcare Reform law which requires all Americans to buy health insurance.

To avoid a government shutdown, Congress must pass a temporary spending bill before October 1 with or without healthcare delay.
 

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