Denham explains no vote on shutdown
by Michael Langley
Oct 24, 2013 | 2390 views | 7 7 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said his vote against the bill to end the government shutdown and fund the Affordable Care Act was a principled stand for long-term debt reduction.

Denham, who represents Modesto, Manteca, Oakdale and Tracy in the 10th Congressional District, was one of 144 members of the House of Representatives, all Republican, who cast a no vote on Oct. 16 for House Resolution 2775.

“My no vote was different than most other Republicans’,” Denham said in a phone interview Tuesday, Oct. 22. “We’ve got to not only eliminate our debt, but we’ve got to have Republicans and Democrats coming together on passing budgets. It’s been five years since we’ve had a budget.”

Denham called the debt “unpatriotic.”

“We’re at 17 trillion dollars,” the congressman said. “We’ve got to have a solution to this. Doesn’t have to be a Republican solution or a Democrat solution, but we need a bipartisan solution that will end this once and for all.”

Denham said the approximately 1,200 civilian workers at Defense Depot San Joaquin, 600 Tracy employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and numerous unemployed local residents affected by the shutdown are very important to him.

“I will continue to vote to support them, as I did on many different votes,” Denham said. “But at the end of the day, Republicans and Democrats need to work together and this president needs to show leadership to get both parties in both houses to work together.”

Denham said he might have voted to end the shutdown if President Barack Obama would have committed to support recommendations from the budget conference committee of the House and Senate.

“I just needed to hear one of two things: either there was some real teeth in this conference committee ... or the president actually coming out and saying he would accept whatever comes out of that committee,” he said.

Denham suggested that selling off unused federal property would raise a lot of money for the nation.

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at 830-4231 or mlangley@tracypress.com.

 
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LovelyTracy
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October 24, 2013
So Denhem shut down the government over the Affordable Care ACT but collected a government paycheck and had full coverage government sponsored health insurance but doesn't want the rest of us to buy private health insurance through Covered California with companies like Kaiser, Blue Cross, or Pacificare??

I don't get it. Why cant the rest of us have at least the same healthcare protections he has?

I signed my family up for health care last week through Covered California and am going to save 500.00 a month. I call that a win.

Don't believe the Tea Bagger/Republican hysteria folks Get health insurance do whats best for your family!

Denhem sure does.

I'm voting for anyone but Denhem in 2014.
TeeOff
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October 24, 2013
I used to be union, vote democrat, and all that jazz, but I never once resorted to name calling and ridiculing others with silly names, but here goes. Tea naggers might be better for you? It sounds a little fresher?

;)

Haha, at any rate, you just saved $500 dollars, but the rest of are paying more for our health care costs and they are also going up more next year. We are already paying more for medications. Still, I'm glad for you and don't want to rain on your parade.

However, in your case you should continue to vote for your $500 per month, unfortunately you have no other choice. I will however support your family budget, but not agree this is best for the country, at the polls. Not because I want you to pay more, because I don't believe spending should be left unchecked.

That doesn't mean to imply you are responsible for the deficit, but I'm thinking the larger picture. Still I'm glad you are saving money.

People who are disabled should not have to pay, but what irks many Americans is there are a growing number of able bodied Americans who either won't work, or are just not finding work.

So the next time a tea nagger talks to you then let's all agree to listen to each other. I used to vote democrat, and I think the only way to heal this country is to stop the name calling and trenching in our holes.

We got the way we are because of the way we always did things. People always voted for their wallet. Nothing new. People always called names. Nothing new.

I propose people stop looking at party lines and work together to find real solutions. By that I mean solutions that will not put us all on welfare.

jihawk
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October 25, 2013
"Why cant the rest of us have at least the same healthcare protections he has?"

HAVE IT? EARN IT! You think the Feds are your parents? They OWE you something? Get off your duff and earn it! Health care is a product, not a right. Get rid of social security and Medicare while they are at it. Imagine where your parents have to spend their twilight years in YOUR home educating your children about good old values. But no, you are spoiled because the Democrats tell you they can give you what you want, especially if you are lazy and want to use that EBT card instead of working. That safety net has become a cozy bed with room service.

jihawk
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October 25, 2013
"Why cant the rest of us have at least the same healthcare protections he has?"

HAVE IT? EARN IT! You think the Feds are your parents? They OWE you something? Get off your duff and earn it! Health care is a product, not a right. Get rid of social security and Medicare while they are at it. Imagine where your parents have to spend their twilight years in YOUR home educating your children about good old values. But no, you are spoiled because the Democrats tell you they can give you what you want, especially if you are lazy and want to use that EBT card instead of working. That safety net has become a cozy bed with room service. Good job Jeff, you got my vote!

LovelyTracy
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October 25, 2013
TeeOff: Would you rather pay for me to use the emergency room? Since you're into saving money I would say you're answer would be "no" and have me pay into my own insurance right?

Better yet lets make "Medicare for all" and adopt a single payer system like every other developed country on this planet.

Ji Hawk: Medicare and Social Security are not entitlements they are insurance plans that every working american pays into and will get back when they become eligible.

Don't want Social Security or Medicare move to Haiti the greatest libertarian paradise known to man.

You're savior Ayn Rand was even on Medicare and Social Security; and why not she paid into it right?

See here:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2011/jan/31/usdomesticpolicy-ayn-rand-hypocrite-fraud
TeeOff
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October 25, 2013
I like that you use the high cost of emergency room costs, in America, lovelytracy. We are already paying for you to use the emergency room, whether you have insurance or not. Nearly every hospital in America takes federal funds. The government cannot continue paying for hospitals. So, Palosi and friends came up with a way to get more money directly from you and me. You think that we are saving money, but all you have done here is convolute what's best for America, with what's best for you. Personally, I don't think most Americans need an emergency room every weekend, if you do, then by all means you should have some form of insurance. Whether you prefer to buy from the government is your business. I think the article addresses the concept of taking a stand in Washington, not the ER.

Honestly, I would prefer that Americans had jobs to pay for this. Ask yourself the question. Who will pay for government healthcare, if they can't afford to keep paying for it themselves? That is what's happening here.

I don't know who Ann Rand is. I don't watch TV or listen to talk radio. Who cares? If Ann Rand wants to comment, that's her business.
TeeOff
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October 24, 2013
Decades ago this never would have happened. Any president approving such a miserable healthcare law would have a lot more common sense. Today's generation deserves this since they voted for their own president. NPR said this week that the health care bill was poorly written and that some states did not adopt it. At any rate, the issue here is more of economics. Decades ago we would frown on bankruptcies and creative accounting. I think today's generation is more accepting of it. Difference is if you owe the IRS money they will not let you off the hook. If you bounce checks you will not get away with it.

You see, too many young people fell into the credit card voting philosophy. If someone steals your credit card they get away with it. And the younger generation thinks that is ok for the president to do the same. When I voted I did not expect these kind of shame to come. And I sure as heck will remember it next time I vote. Sometimes 'change' is for the worse.


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