Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat who represents the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires, says the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act threatens to slow progress on President Obama’s other domestic goals. But Neal also says on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program that the latest opposition to the law is coming from a familiar place.
Members of Congress are headed back to Washington to jump back into the fire as the U.S. Senate readies a budget that will likely be sent back to the House. Unless both houses can find a compromise by Sep. 30th, disagreement over the debt ceiling and Affordable Care Act could bring the government to a shutdown.
The Republican-controlled House recently passed a budget with a provision to defund President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The House plan likely will not make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Pointing to the House’s record during the Bush administration, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, the dean of the state delegation, says he believes Republican opposition to President Obama’s plan for possible military strikes against Syria is based on political calculations. Neal spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.