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OP ED: McKinley Did Not Sell Out on Budget Impasse
The decision to support the plan did not come lightly. We wanted to achieve more substantial reforms but in the end there was no viable alternative than to take the fight to different ground. By voting yes, we did not change the principals we stand on but we did alter our tactics.
The American people deserved a solution that ended the partisan bickering, opened the government and ensured we paid our bills on time. While I would have preferred a plan that made more substantial reforms to grow the economy, address our excessive spending, and fix the broken health care law, this agreement will allow us to move forward.
In the coming weeks, conservatives need to refocus this debate on how we can grow the economy, reduce spending, and stop Obamacare. We will continue to point out the serious flaws with Obamacare. The implementation has been a mess, and families are facing higher premiums, fewer jobs, and less take home pay. We’ll work to address the most glaring problems with the law – putting pressure on Obama and the Democrats to defend the indefensible.
In a divided government both sides have to be willing to give something up. Until Republicans control the White House and the Senate we simply will not be able to repeal or defund Obamacare.
As the minority party in Washington, we all need to be realistic about what conservatives can achieve. That doesn’t mean we give up fighting. We just need to be smart about where and when we choose to fight and pick battles we can win.
In the meantime we will continue to work to repair the health care law that is leading to higher premiums, fewer jobs, and reduced take-home pay. We need to get past these budget disagreements and concentrate on creating jobs, growing our economy, and ensuring our government lives within its means.
David B. McKinley
Member of Congress