Congressman Blake Farenthold joined 3News via Skype on Tuesday to discuss the mood of the House on the first day of the government shutdown.
Earlier in the day, he delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives accusing democrats in the Senate of not adhering to the Constitution, and not listening to the will of the people when it comes to Obamacare.
"It's frustration on our side. Of course, you've heard their arguments too. We've heard both arguments over and over again. They just want to pass a clean CR, continuing resolution, and they don't want to have a 'gun' put to their heads on Obamacare. They just want to fund the government and discuss possible changes to Obamacare later on. Why isn't that a good idea? Well here's the problem," Farenthold said. "In a divided government, there are certain leverage points that you have to get things done. The Founding Fathers set it up where the House of Representatives had control of the purse strings, so this is one of our leverage points when we don't have control of the Senate or the White House.
"I'm sure you understand what they're saying is, this battle has already been fought. There was an election. It was decided through a number of levels that Obamacare is legal and is the law of the land. So why go back and try to fight that battle? Well, that's our job as members of Congress. If there's a bad law, we change it, and one of the reasons I was elected back in 2010 is dissatisfaction with Obamacare. Their message is, 'this was decided by the voters when Obama was reelected.' Well I was reelected in the 27th District in Texas, and I was running against Obamacare."
Farenthold has joined some other members of Congress who have asked that their paychecks be withheld until all furloughed federal workers are paid.
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