Fact #117: King’s 33 Repeal Votes Cost $50 Million
Does Congressman King really think Iowans sent him to Congress to waste $50 million, on 33 votes to repeal the health care bill, while refusing to discuss how to create jobs and grow the economy? Because that’s exactly what he has done for the past two years.
CBS Evening News reports that the House has taken 33 separate votes to repeal the health care bill, taking up two entire weeks of work in the House. According to CBS News, “The Congressional Research service tells us, that the House of Representatives costs us $24 million a week. So, with two weeks spent repealing the law, that comes to a little under $50 million.”
For the past two years Congressman King has been one of the strongest proponents of fully repealing the health care bill – without proposing any alternative to protect young Iowans, seniors, and his other constituents who are benefiting from the bill. In fact, Congressman King freely admits that he has spent two years working on this:
“I’m Congressman Steve King, I spent the last two and a half years fighting for the repeal of Obamacare” – NRCC Web Video, 6/7/12
“I’ll keep pushing on this until we see the day that it’s pulled out by the roots” – Press Conference, 10/4/11
“I’ve made the argument consistently since last march, since the day this bill passed, that we needed to repeal Obamacare and pull it out by the roots completely.” – Fox News, 1/16/12
“I would announce, Mr. Speaker, that this is a subject matter, the full, 100 percent repeal of Obamacare, that I have worked on now for over two years.” – House Floor, 7/10/12
$50 million later, Congressman King is still refusing to focus on creating jobs and growing our economy. Instead, he’s putting his own agenda first. Iowa needs a representative who will actually work to create jobs, balance our nation’s budget, and do what’s best for the people of the 4th District.
Watch the original CBS Evening News story here.