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September 20--  Twelfth District Congressman John Barrow voted today against a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have de-funded Obamacare while at the same time providing funding for other government operations.

President Obama earlier said he would veto the bill and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate would not consider the de-funding provision of the legislation.

“This isn’t the way folks expect Congress to operate, and today’s bill seriously jeopardizes the future of the American economy. I didn’t support this bill, and I urge my colleagues to develop a practical proposal to avoid a government shutdown," Congressman Barrow said.

Congressman Barrow's "No" vote drew criticism from the two Republican congressional candidates who would like to unseat him next year.


Augusta businessman Rick Allen said, “Today, conservatives in the U.S. House did two things for America:  they voted to defund Obamacare and to fund government.  I applaud and commend the conservative leaders for sticking with their conservative principals.


Sadly, John Barrow voted no.   He chose to stand with Pres. Obama and Nancy Pelosi who threaten to shut down government in order to keep Obamacare the law.  This law is driving people from full to part time, causing layoffs and driving Small Businesses insane with the amount of new regulation that comes with it.  But, what does Barrow care?  He exempted himself from the law.”


The other candidate, former congressional aide John Stone of Augusta, said:


U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) voted to keep Obamacare in place today in Washington, by voting against the House bill (which passed) to defund the looming healthcare disaster.  Two Democratic congressmen, Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC), voted to defund Obamacare, but not Congressman John Barrow, who represents the most Republican district in the country represented by a Democrat..

“Today John Barrow once again sold out Georgia working families for Nancy Pelosi’s defense of Obamacare, in classic Barrow form by voting to save Obamacare after claiming he first voted against it,” says Republican challenger John Stone (R-GA12).   “This time he can’t get away with the distortion, and we will make sure that every voter in Georgia’s 12th District knows he just voted to save this job-killing destruction of our healthcare system.”