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Senator Inhofe issues statement on the government shutdown

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement about the shutdown of the federal government:

“A government shutdown has real implications for Oklahomans, seniors, small business owners, veterans, and civilian employees that support our military installations. At this time, the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the Senate several common-sense solutions to fund the government while addressing the concerns Americans have for the President’s healthcare law. The President could have accepted the proposal to delay the law’s individual mandate, a delay he already gave to big businesses. He could have accepted the one-year delay on ObamaCare or the elimination of the special carve-out for Congress. Let me remind you that since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the President has signed 14 laws that have amended or repealed portions of ObamaCare; delayed at least five provisions of the law, independent of Congress; and missed half of the deadlines for implementation. Yet today, the President won’t come to the table to address Americans’ concerns about implementation and funding of this disastrous piece of legislation. He and the Democrats have instead chosen to shut down the government rather than negotiate. I encourage the President and my Senate colleagues to come to the table and end this shutdown.”