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Vitter: Shutdown to Defend Staffers’ Health-Care Subsidies Would Be ‘Completely Indefensible’



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Senator David Vitter (R., La.) and Representative Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) argued today that it was crucial any continuing resolution include an amendment that ended health-care subsidies for congressional staffers.

“I think they’re on completely indefensible ground,” Vitter told reporters in reference to what would occur if Democrats rejected a CR with his amendment. 

If a shutdown occurs, he added, “because Democrats won’t accept treating Washington like it treats America, I think that’s a message it’s important for all Americans to hear.”

DeSantis said that a provision that banned “special treatment for Congress” would be “a very tough thing to vote against” for Democrats.



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