Sep 25 2013

AL.com: Sens. Shelby, Sessions to block funding for Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Alabama’s two U.S. senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both said they will oppose legislation that would provide funding for the Affordable Care Act.

The two Republicans said they support efforts to de-fund the nation’s new health care law, ahead of a key Senate vote on a temporary spending bill required to keep the government fully open after Oct. 1.

“This law is a job-killer that will destroy the most advanced and innovative health care system on earth,” said Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa. “It is a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Sessions said he supported the effort by congressional Republicans to use the debt ceiling vote as leverage to try and stop implementation of the health care law.

“This is a fight the American people are demanding,” said Sessions, R-Mobile. “We should use every tool at our disposal to address this law and to eventually achieve its permanent repeal and ultimate replacement.”

Sessions said President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., were abusing the legislative process to avoid debate on the health care law.

“They have successfully blocked legislative changes to the law that would spare people from even its most obvious flaws,” Sessions said. “This is the question reporters must ask: will the Senate’s Democrat majority continue to refuse changes to a law that everyone knows is unworkable?”

Shelby went further to say that he will oppose each of the upcoming votes pertaining to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution before the Senate.

“Congress should fund the government at a level consistent with current law. Unfortunately, this bill blatantly violates clear spending limits in the Budget Control Act. I will therefore oppose it at all points in the legislative process,” Shelby said.

"Our nation is $17 trillion in debt and millions of Americans remain out of work. To get our economy back on track, we must control spending and stop Obamacare. I reject this legislation because it will ultimately do neither."