In a 228-199 vote, the House of Representatives voted to work together in divided government, to keep the government open and to provide fairness for all Americans.
The House has proceeded in 5 different fashions to try and resolve this situation and not to end up here. But, at each and every turn, the Senate Democrats refuse to even discuss these proposals and have instead tabled every one of them. The proposal last night was a request by the House for us to go to Conference.
We invite the Senate Democrats to come join us so that we can resolve our differences and work our way out of this situation.
The House has acted 5 times to keep the government open and ensure Members of Congress are treated just like hardworking Americans across this country. We’ve acted to protect the American people from a government shutdown and an unworkable law – but the Senate has refused to negotiate.
Today, the House's conferees invited the Senate to the table to engage in a meaningful dialogue and negotiate a solution:
House Republicans remain committed to ending this government shutdown and fighting to protect the American people from Obamacare. It’s time for the Senate to join us at the negotiating table to achieve fairness for all.
The House of Representatives adopted legislation tonight that requests a formal conference with the Senate to come to an agreement on legislation that provides funding for the federal government and delays the president’s health care law for all Americans.
The House has made its position clear: keep the government running and ensure basic fairness for all Americans under ObamaCare," said House Speaker John Boehner.
"Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to shut down the government rather than discuss or even recognize ObamaCare’s failures. The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences, and move forward on important legislation that gets control of spending and strengthens our economy. That’s the system the founders set up for us, and it's what the American people expect us to do."
Speaker Boehner named the following lawmakers to serve as conferees on the continuing resolution: