Congressman Scott Perry
Congressman Scott Perry (John A. Pavoncello photo)

Following the U.S. House vote on a budget bill early Sunday morning, Congressman Scott Perry, who represents York, issued the following statement:

"Last night, the House voted to keep the federal government open and delay Obamacare for one year, giving hardworking citizens the same protection from this unworkable law that has already been granted to big business. The House legislation also permanently repeals Obamacare's tax on medical devices such as defibrillators and pacemakers, a tax opposed by Republicans and Democrats, and which will increase already skyrocketing health care costs and send jobs overseas. Finally, the House bill ensures that our troops get paid under any circumstance.

"At a rally Friday, President Obama criticized Republicans for trying to delay Obamacare - just days after his administration announced it was delaying yet another part of Obamacare. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has reported that the administration has already missed half of Obamacare's legally imposed deadlines and the president has already signed seven bills repealing or defunding parts of the law.

"Rather than comparing Republicans to suicide bombers, as one of his senior advisers did this week, President Obama and Senate Democrats should work in good faith with the House to delay a law that is clearly not ready for implementation, keep the government open and work together to lay the ground work for a healthy economy that creates more job opportunities for all Americans and confronts our unsustainable debt crisis so that we can guarantee that critical programs like Social Security and Medicare continue to exist for current and future generations."

Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., issued the following statement Saturday:

"This is a crisis manufactured and perpetuated solely by Congressional Republicans who allowed a Tea Party takeover of the Republican Party in Washington. These Washington politicians who receive quality health care themselves are insistent on delaying health care for millions of Americans. Unless Republican leaders get control of their party, extreme right ideology will take precedence over the middle class, jobs, economic growth and national defense. If our government shuts down, the extreme right wins and middle class Pennsylvanians will be harmed."