U.S. Senate Voting on Government Funding

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on funding the federal government. We spoke to Senator Mark Begich just before noon…

 

Sen. Begich(D-AK): “Well, today we’re moving forward on what they call a continuing resolution. This is the bill that keeps the government running, it’s very important because if we are unable to move this bill forward, the government will go into a shut down and  have problem some dramatic ripple effects to the economy, and this is one time where the economy is fragile, growing the right direction, but we don’t want to have any hiccups here as we’re trying to keep the economy moving forward. So, the motion to proceed, which meant we get to the bill, passed 100-0. So now, we’re technically on the continuing resolution. This will be debated for the next 30 hours or so, and then hopefully, we’ll be able to vote on it and move this bill forward to keep the government running.”

 

When pressed about his stance on the Affordable Care Act, Begich said he feels it does need some fixes, but at this time the priority is to keep the economy moving forward.

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