A message from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Last week, I voted for the bipartisan deal to reopen the government and to ensure the full faith and credit of the United States was not at risk.
My decision to vote yes came after much thought and careful consideration, but in the end I was unwilling to let our country default on its financial obligations and risk catastrophic market impacts that would have jeopardized Americans’ hard-earned 401K and retirement savings, or further crippled small businesses already struggling to survive.
That compromise measure wasn’t perfect, but as the clock ran out, it was clear that no agreement at all was an even worse alternative.
One vote is never the end of the fight.
We still have work to do.
Obamacare is still a disaster.
Over the past few weeks, I voted to defund the law entirely, delay the individual mandate for one year, and ensure fairness under the law by making sure Members of Congress and the President don’t receive any special treatment.
The President’s unprecedented refusal to negotiate meant we were not able to achieve these goals as a part of the stop-gap compromise, but tonight’s news that the President is suddenly willing to temporarily delay the law’s insurance requirement for individuals shows that we can still make a difference by keeping up the fight.
Although the short-term agreement kept us from driving over the cliff, we still have our work cut out for us to get our country back on course.
My House Republican colleagues and I are committed to tackling the drivers of our debt and preserving important programs like Medicare and Social Security for generations to come.
We are working to simplify and reform our tax code, while holding the line against raising taxes.
Despite Nancy Pelosi’s claim that “the cupboard is bare. There are no more cuts to make,” we know that Washington has a spending problem and it must be addressed.
Americans deserve a government that can tackle the tough issues.
I’m committed to finding real solutions to lift the burden of debt holding our economy back and protect Americans from the worst parts of Obamacare in order to give families relief and unleash America’s economic potential.