U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-Ga) released a statement explaining why he voted against the H.R. 933 on Wednesday, a bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives 267 to 151 with just 14 Republicans in opposition.
“The Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013” includes a Continuing Resolution (CR), which is used by Congress to fund government programs in case a budget is not approved. The U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in four years.
Because this CR would fund President Barack Obama’s health care law, Gingrey voted against it.
“As a physician for more than 30 years and an outspoken opponent of Obamacare, I understand first-hand the devastating effects this law will have on patients, physicians, and our health care system,” said Gingrey in a press release. “This disastrous law has yet to be fully implemented, yet job creators across the country are already feeling its effects (…).Given that the continuing resolution, H.R. 933, provides funding for Obamacare implementation and the government mandate, I could not support this legislation.”
Most of Georgia delegation voted in favor of the bill, except for Republican Reps. Jack Kingston (Ga-District 1), Paul Broun (Ga-District 10) and Gingrey, who represents Georgia’s 11th congressional district.
Two Georgia Democrats, Rep. John Lewis (Ga-District 5) and Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga-District 4), also voted against H.R. 933.
Overall 214 Republicans voted “yea” on the legislation along with 53 Democrats, while 14 Republicans and 137 Democrats opposed it.
Click here to read Rep. Gingrey’s full statement.