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12 September 2010

Two GA Republicans Say They'll Defund Health Care Reform & Shut Down Gov't

Eyeing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, two Republican lawmakers from Georgia are already talking about their plans in the 112th Congress.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) on Saturday repeated a Republican threat to withhold funding for health care reform if the party takes control of the House after the Nov. 2 elections.

Aujla, Simmi (2010-9-11). Price: We'll defund health reform. Politico. Retrieved on 2010-9-12.

Speaking to hundreds of activists gathered at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington for the Faith and Freedom Conference, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) urged the audience to stand with House Republicans when they go toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama.

Westmoreland said his caucus — presuming it takes control of the House come November — aims to pass spending bills that Obama is likely to veto. He predicted Republicans would not be able to override such a veto, creating a standoff that could cause Congress to grind to a halt.

“If the government shuts down, we want you with us,” he said.

Hohmann, James (2010-9-10). Rep. Lynn Westmoreland eyes government shutdown. Politico. Retrieved on 2010-9-12.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D - Maryland), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, issued the following statement in response:

" House Republicans’ agenda could not be more clear – tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas, privatize Social Security and Medicare, and repeal Wall Street reforms. If they don’t get their way, Republican leaders say they will shut the government down like Newt Gingrich and John Boehner did in 1995. Americans want to move our country forward, not go back.

“The Republicans’ plan to shut down the government would mean that millions of seniors wouldn’t get their Social Security checks or Medicare coverage and America’s veterans wouldn’t get the benefits they earned. While American troops are in harms’ way, it is outrageous that Republican leaders would even consider shutting down the government.