Larsen: Republicans Wasting Time on Stunt Votes When We Need to Work on Creating Jobs

May 16, 2013 Issues: Health Care, Jobs Labor and the Economy

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today regarding the 37th effort in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“The 37th time is not the charm. With these stunt votes to nowhere, Republicans have spent millions of taxpayer dollars and wasted far too much time that could have been used to pass job-creating legislation.

“With more than 260,000 workers in Washington state looking for jobs, Congress needs to move legislation that will invest in the foundation of long-term economic growth that creates jobs and opportunity. I am eager to work on legislation that invests in our infrastructure and expands educational opportunities as soon as Republican leaders get serious.

“The simple truth is the Affordable Care Act is not going anywhere. It is already saving seniors thousands of dollars on their prescription drugs, has allowed 62,000 young adults in Washington state to stay on their parents’ insurance, and is slowing the growth of health care costs for everyone. Going backwards is just plain backwards.”