Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to the House Republican continuing resolution that continues the across-the-board cuts, known as the sequester, and puts insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care:
“Today, Speaker Boehner surrendered the gavel to the Tea Party’s desperate attempts to put insurance companies back in charge of the Americans’ health care. After failing to offer a single jobs bill in this Congress, House Republicans will force their 42nd attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act; now, they’re prepared to shut down the government to do so.
“Instead of moving forward on a bipartisan budget solution, Republicans are doubling down on the devastating sequester cuts that will cost one million jobs by the end of 2014 and continue to gut critical investments in education, infrastructure, and innovation – key pillars of a thriving economy and a strong middle class.
“House Democrats have offered a sensible and balanced plan to create jobs, responsibly reduce the deficit, and create opportunities for every American. It is time for House Republicans to stop manufacturing crises and start working with Democrats to strengthen the middle class, grow the economy, and fulfill our responsibility to support every hardworking American who strives for a brighter future.”