Rep. Aderholt Talks Spending Bill, Obamacare Future

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — On Capitol Hill, the House and the Senate approved a major bi-partisan spending bill this week. It’s a move that will fund the government through September.

Congressman Robert Aderholt said now that everyone is back in Washington, things are starting to happen. That includes the passing of the spending bill. He told WHNT News 19, despite being a divided government, both Democrats and Republicans have several goals they are working toward, and that was one of them.

"As most of you know, we just passed our first appropriations bill this week in the U.S. Congress," he said.  "That is the legislation that actually funds the federal government."

The 1.1 trillion dollar bill was approved this week. Aderholt said one of his biggest concerns is making sure everyone is on the same page about where spending should occur.

"We got that worked out," he said. "So, hopefully we can get on some things that need funding with the federal government.."

The bill isn't the only thing on his mind. "It's a big year, but of course, Obamacare is what`s on everyone`s mind," he said.

The measure leaves in place most of the spending for the Affordable Care Act. "We voted many times to replace it, or repeal it, but unfortunately with the democrats in the Senate and President Obama, he is not willing to do that."

He said the Republican party is trying to do what they can to make the changes. "People are learning their healthcare is being changed. They want to keep the system they have."

Aderholt doesn't think the system we've had is perfect, but he doesn't think Obamacare is the best option either.

"If we get control, Republicans gain control in the Senate, which they very well could this fall," he said. "There is a possibility we could see some Republican changes. I think that would be more in line with what most Americans and Alabamians would like to see."


  • Ben Vickers

    No, no, no. There was no plan to replace “Obama Care,” the first real effort for equality in healthcare that I and many others have. Shall we discuss the true availability to affordable plans that Alabamians and others who time and time again allow the bourgeois of the inheritance- class to keep hard brains as they are but backs as sore as ever. Only, it’s still the immigrant and historically enslaved that build and maintain the infrastructure while those that hold capitol exploit to be exploited less. Many other real topics to discuss but I suggest you come with all Social Sciences and History knowledge they let you learn.

  • Nuclear Mike

    This current funding move does NOT resolve the coutry’s dire financial situation and simply prolongs our pain & increases the suffering for all of us later…and our future generation…no one in WASH-DC will address the real problem of Federal spending out-of-control…

    • EOD Guy

      Mike (or anyone), how is the federal spending levels different from the average family? For example, if a person makes $50,000 and buys a house ($190,000), a car ($25,000) and a little credit card balance ($2,000) they have 4X more debt than income. Many families are carrying more debt than in my example and doing fine as long as they can make their payments. What is the debt to revenue ratio for America?

      • Nuclear Mike

        Our Nation’s debt is the underlying foundation of all our credit; hence, the success or failure of the indebted Families is a direct function of the Federal debt for our economy to support the indebted families with jobs that produce income or everyone is foreclosed…

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