Koch Industries is pushing back against Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) claim that the Koch brothers are in favor of the government shutdown.
In a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, a Koch representative aims to ”set the record straight and correct this misinformation,” specifically regarding the claim that the company supports the strategic effort to defund Obamacare.
“Koch believes that Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall lowering of the standard of health care in America, and raise taxes,” the letter states. ”However, Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare.” The company remains focused on “educating the public about reducing our nation’s debt and controlling runaway government spending,” and believes that “Congress should, at a minimum, keep to sequester-level spending guidelines, and develop a plan for more significant and widespread spending reduction in the future.”
The letter concludes by urging Reid and others to ”stop misrepresenting and distorting Koch’s positions.”