WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Virginia's Republicans in Congress, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, voted for a bill that would have made delaying the "individual mandate" requirement of Obamacare a requirement for continued funding of the federal government.
The Democrat-led Senate rejected that plan.
Early this morning, Capito released this statement about the shutdown of federal government operations:
"I am deeply disappointed that September 30th has come and gone without passage of a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. On Monday I voted for a continuing resolution that would have averted a government shutdown while at the same time ending the special health insurance subsidy provided to Members of Congress and providing individual Americans with the same delay that President Obama provided to businesses.
"I have said repeatedly that I oppose a government shutdown. Congress is supposed to be about fixing problems and negotiating to a better end. Unfortunately this is entirely the gridlock that West Virginians have come to resent in Washington. Tomorrow is a new day and my hope is we solve this crisis quickly."
McKinley, who represents the northern counties of West Virginia, released this statement:
"Tonight the Senate tabled a House amendment that would have required Members of Congress, congressional staff, and political appointees to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges without a special subsidy for coverage."
"The House amendment would have ensured that Members of Congress and the White House will have to live by the same health care law as the American people. Either Obamacare is good for everyone or no one. It is time for the sweetheart deals for the politically privileged to end."
"With their action however, the Senate is avoiding their responsibility, and placing themselves above the American people by requiring special treatment not available to American families."
"Now, the Senate has most likely forced a government shutdown. The House has offered several, reasonable compromises to prevent Americans from being hurt by Obamacare but have all been rejected by Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership."