Wicker Urges Leadership, Solutions as Shutdown Approaches

In the days leading up to October 1, when the new fiscal year begins, Republicans in Congress joined in favor of legislation with two important goals – preventing a government shutdown and defunding the President’s costly and deeply unpopular health-care law.

The legislative debate was expectedly contentious, with Democrats holding the majority in the Senate and Republicans maintaining control in the House of Representatives. Noticeably absent was President Obama, who again failed to utilize his role at a crucial moment for leadership.

I supported the House legislation to defund Obamacare, and I continue to seek ways to protect Americans from its harmful mandates. In the absence of the health-care law’s full repeal, lawmakers and the President have a responsibility to address Americans’ growing concerns.

Sen. Roger Wicker