Now that the debt ceiling has been raised through February 7 and the government shutdown has come to an end, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) used his official page to discuss the last crisis and bring the public’s attention to the fact that Washington is out of touch with the American people.
Lee stressed that the fight to defund ObamaCare might have seemed pointless to those who now regret that the Affordable Care Act was funded, and the debt ceiling raised as a result of a deal worked out between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). According to the senator, this fight ended the same way ObamaCare began, “in a last-minute deal, negotiated in back rooms, then forced on Congress and the American people.”
“The Washington Establishment can’t bring itself to believe that this is why Congress has a poor approval rating – because Washington doesn’t listen to the American people. It ignores them. And when the American people can no longer be ignored, the administration shuts down national parks, blocks veterans from going to their own memorials, uses the IRS to target certain groups, and holds hostage critical funding for cancer research, low-income women and children, veterans’ health benefits, border security, and our National Guard.”
While some conservatives suggest that House GOP should have considered they did not have enough influence or bargain power to ensure that Democrats would go with their plan before pushing the fight to defund ObamaCare, Sen. Lee believes that “fighting against an abusive government in defense of protecting our individual rights and freedoms is always the right thing.”