PLATTSBURGH — A potential candidate for Congress says that incumbent 21st District Representative Bill Owens is a big part of the government shut-down problem.
Elise Stefanik, a Republican from Willsboro, said in a statement released Wednesday that Owens needs to step up to help solve the problem.
“Once again, Congress has been shamefully negligent in its responsibility to govern. Democrats and Republicans are engaging in political brinkmanship rather than solving the budgetary crisis of the country at the expense of hardworking families. Enough already,” she wrote in her release.
“Congress continues to kick the can down the road on long-term fiscal responsibilities, choosing to engage in political battles over short-term, stop-gap spending bills instead of long-term budget solutions. If Congress can’t get the work done (that) we send them to do, then they shouldn’t get paid, especially if the government shuts down.”
Stefanik said she would forego her pay if she were in Congress, and Owens should do the same.
“Instead, Congressman Bill Owens continues to point fingers at others to gain political points instead of being a part of the solution. Congressman Owens had four opportunities to put politics aside and vote to fund the government while delaying Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) for hardworking families in the 21st Congressional District and repealing the medical device tax,” she wrote.
“Instead, he put his political party before the people of this district and voted to shut down the government.”
Stefanik said laws like Obamacare, which Owens voted for on the day after he was sworn into office, should apply to everyone.
“No special Obamacare exemptions for members of Congress and no picking and choosing who a law applies to and who it does not,” she said.
“I am running for Congress to bring new ideas and new leadership to represent voters in New York’s 21st Congressional District who deserve results instead of the tired political theater in Washington.”