U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga), the mastermind behind the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, a government funding resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 that defunds and delays the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), appeared Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" to debate the first legislation sponsored by the Georgia sophomore congressman that passed the House of Representatives.
"I proposed a legislation that kept the government operating and open for an entire year while delaying and defunding Obamacare for a year so that we can work out … differences," said Graves during his first Sunday political show appearance.
Graves' legislation received a lot of support from Republicans who believe the new health care law will damage U.S. economy and impose more of a financial burden on all Americans.
Conservatives also claim that if President Barack Obama delayed parts of the law, including a mandate that requires big businesses to cover their employees, the whole law should be delayed and fixed.
Democrats in the House did not support the bill, and only two voted for it. The Senate is expected to reject the resolution and President Barack Obama already said he'd veto it.
"We [Republicans] are united around a very simple goal, and that is keeping the government open while protecting our constituents from harmful effects of Obamacare," said Graves. "So we're going to do anything we can to protect our constituents. We have eight days to do that but my hope is that the Senate is going to act in a very positive way."
Most Republicans in the House threatened they will not support a resolution that funds ACA. Because Democrats won't support the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, there is a chance that the government will have to shut down at the end of September.
Graves represents Georgia's 14th congressional district.