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AR Lawmakers React to Senate's Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers from the Natural State are responding to the U.S. Senate's approved extension of federal government spending through mid-November.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers from the Natural State are responding to the U.S. Senate's approved extension of federal government spending through mid-November. The bill strips out a provision that would de-fund Obamacare, which was the focus of a major fight this week between republicans and democrats. The debate now returns to the House, where an agreement must be reached by the end of Monday or the government will be out of money with which to operate.

In a statement released Friday, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) said he supports this new bill.

"Today the Senate came together to pass a responsible measure that will keep our government open. A government shutdown would be irresponsible and would put our nation's economic security and credit rating in jeopardy. The American people are tired of the reckless 'my-way-or-the-highway' politics. I'm confident that reasonable members of the House will pass the Senate's common-sense bill so we can continue to move our nation forward."

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) voted against the approved bill. He released the following statement following Friday's vote.

“I supported the House-passed bill that accomplishes our goals of keeping the government operating and defunding Obamacare. Avoiding a government shutdown is a good policy that protects hardworking Americans. Unfortunately, the bill was changed by Majority Leader Harry Reid who stripped language to defund Obamacare and I could no longer support it. 

This is not the end of our fight. We will continue our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that contain costs. The American people are now seeing how Obamacare is driving up costs beyond belief instead of containing them."
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