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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Senate Amendment to the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act:

“Over the last five years to this day, there is no issue about which I hear more from concerned Fifth District Virginians than the impact of the President’s healthcare law. Through these years, the House has repeatedly sought to repeal this misguided law and protect the American people from its harmful effects only to be stymied by the filibusters of Senate Democrats. But now, we are sending a bill that will repeal this law to the President’s desk. A veto of this bill would mean that the President remains willfully blind to law’s negative effects. Whether it be the reduced working hours, the unsustainable increases in insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, or the inability for hardworking Americans to keep the plans they like, this law is fundamentally flawed.

“I am pleased that this is our first legislative vote of 2016 and that we are keeping faith with the American people as we prepare to continue the fight for their priorities. It is my hope that the President will reconsider his announced veto-threat and listen to the American people. In the House, we are listening. Repealing this misguided law is a critical and long-overdue step in growing our economy and building a stronger America for our children and grandchildren.”