On Wednesday, September 25, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop had released a statement through his office that criticized the efforts of congressional Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government by September 30 .
Bishop represents Georgia's Second congressional district and has been serving since 1993.
Bishop's district is located in the southwestern part of the state and includes Albany, Thomasville and most of Columbus and Macon.
"I think it's highly irresponsible to even consider shutting down the government. I am disappointed, and I'm disgusted in the performance of congress in being unable to discharge our responsibilities for appropriating funds and for running the government to deliver the services that services that the American people expect of us."
Bishop went on to say: " I think that we need to take the appropriate necessary steps on a bipartisan basis to balance our budget, to establish or priorities, and to move forward in terms of expanding this economy."
In March of 2010 the House voted on the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act . The legislation was to pass the health care reform through the reconciliation process.
No Republicans voted for the legislation and twenty-two Democrats voted against the bill. The bill passed 220-207. Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Bishop had faced pressure to vote against the eventual Health Care Law, but he withstood the political pressure from the Tea Party and survived a congressional challenge in the general election in November 2010 from Mike Keown.
Bishop believes attempting the conservatives efforts to defund Obama-care after three years of being in existence is just partisan brinksmanship.
“Our nation’s economy and the continued functioning of the federal government should not be held hostage to proponents of sequestration and defunding health reform,” said Congressman Bishop. “I remain hopeful that cooler heads ultimately will prevail and a clean continuing resolution that simply funds the government without any harmful provisions soon will be enacted. The American people deserve better than this partisan brinksmanship.”
Bishop continued to mention that the impact of defunding Obama-care would affect a wide range of people including seniors.
"...Defunding the Affordable Care Act would wreak havoc on millions of seniors, people with disabilities, children, and pregnant women by disrupting provider payments under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It also would end the Medicare benefit improvements enacted under the health care law such as additional prescription drug coverage, the annual wellness exam, and free preventive care.."