The following text is from the speech given Republican Congressman Dennis Ross on the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman Ross stands in favor of those in government having to live by the same laws and standards as everyday United States citizens concerning the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) spoke on the House floor tonight in support of the Continuing Resolution that includes his amendment that would ensure that Members of Congress, Congressional staff, the president, vice president, and political appointees do not receive an Obamacare “fix.” His speech follows:
“You know, I never supported Obamacare because it’s not sound policy. But if my fellow Americans have to endure this law, then why not – why not – should not the Congress, the president, and the vice president endure it as well?
“You see, today’s vote is about fairness. It’s why I introduced my amendment to the Continuing Resolution to make sure that we would eliminate the Obamacare “fix” that was given to us by the Office of Personnel Management.
“You see, the American public understands what’s going on. They understand that Congress always carves out their own little special interests. Their little special treatment.
“The amendment today, this CR, would eliminate that. It would do one thing this Congress so desperately needs and that’s to gain the sense of credibility that the American people are looking for.
“It’s not about gamesmanship – they’re tired of that. This is about leading by example.
“And while I laud my colleagues for allowing us to have this vote here today, I stood on this floor on Saturday explaining why this was so important to the American people. Why it is so important to this Congress.
“And therefore I will say to you: Even though it’s politically difficult and sometimes politically hard to do the right thing, doing the right thing, is ALWAYS the right thing to do.
“I would urge support of this CR, and I thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield back.”