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Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:42

Congresswoman Candice Miller issues statement on partial government shutdown

(AREA) -- With the federal government shutown in effect lawmakers are at a stalemate. The House has sent legislation to the Senate three times to avert a government shutdown and each time the Senate has said it will not negoiate. According to a statement by Congresswoman Candice Miller, the President actually called House Speaker Boehner and told the speaker directly that he would not negotiate. "No one wants a government shutdown. In our great republic, when the two houses of Congress disagree on an issue, that legislation is sent to a conference committee where both sides compromise and come to an equitable agreement that can be passed in both houses. "The Senate and President Obama know that averting a government shutdown is impossible without compromise. But today President Obama actually called Speaker Boehner and told the Speaker directly that he would not negotiate. And the Senate voted twice today to reject compromises offered by the House that would avert a government shutdown." Congresswoman Miller added, "Tonight the House voted to fully fund the federal government and provide every American with a one year exemption from the individual mandate in ObamaCare that forces them to purchase government approved insurance they may not want, or can't afford, or face a tax penalty. This waiver is similar to the one year delay in the employer mandate that President Obama gave to big business earlier this year." The shutdown is expected to last for several days as each party is holding firm in their position and the Senate has so far been unwilling to hold a conference committee.