Congressman Rigell votes against House resolution, stresses need for long-term budget plan

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 1:01 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- "If you're going to sink this government and try to choke it from oxygen and funding and see who gives up first, I mean that is an irrational position," said Congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia's Second Congressional District.

On Friday, Rigell was the only Republican in the GOP-controlled House to vote against a continuing resolution that would keep the government running. The continuing resolution, essentially, is a temporary measure that allows the country to operate until Congress agrees on a budget.

Although the House bill would hold off a government shutdown, it also defunds the Affordable Care Act. Because of that latter element, the bill has no chance of clearing the Democratically-controlled Senate.

Rigell told 13News Now he is by no means a fan of Obamacare, but that was not the driving force behind his "no" vote.

He voted against the bill out of frustration with the continuous stream of temporary fixes passed on Capitol Hill.

"I'm so concerned about the sequestration and our failure as an institution and really the administration as well to properly address and replace sequestration," Rigell said. "I'm also really concerned about the overall budgeting process."

On Saturday, President Obama accused Republicans of playing political games at the country's expense.

"Some are actually willing to plunge America into default if they can't defund the Affordable Care Act," the President stated.

If Congress does not reach an agreement, the government will run out of money September 30, triggering a shutdown October 1.

"Given the intense governmental aspect to our local economy, that our shutdown would have a severe impact," said Rigell, referring to the Hampton Roads area.

He added, "Let's be clear, it would hurt every American, in every state, in every county, in every town."
 

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