Rep. Phil Roe speaks in Kingsport in this Times-News file photo.
Social Security and veterans’ benefits will still be distributed under a possible partial federal government shutdown unless President Barack Obama “plays just blatant politics,” U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said in a conference call with reporters Friday.
“The president clearly has the money to pay those veterans’ benefits and others,” Roe, R-Tenn., said.
Roe and the GOP-controlled House passed a short-term spending plan Friday that would continue funding government operations through mid-December but withhold funding for Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP measure also calls for covering obligations to the Social Security trust fund.
The current federal budget year ends Sept. 30, and both Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have vowed to block legislative attempts to kill the President’s signature health care reform law.
“They’re willing to put the nation’s economic recovery at risk to make an ideological point,” Reid, D-Nev., said of House Republicans.
If Congress and Obama cannot reach a deal on a continued spending plan by Oct. 1, the federal government “will not be truly shut down,” according to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based research organization.
Services like national security, air traffic control, border protection and federal law enforcement go on, the foundation said.
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