WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement after the passage of S. Con. Res. 3.

 “Today, the House voted on Senate-passed legislation supported by President-Elect Trump, laying out a plan for a budget and more importantly, starting the process of repealing and ultimately replacing Obamacare. This budget reconciliation bill is the first step in the long process of making the President’s disastrous nationalized healthcare law a thing of the past. Due to procedural rules in the Senate, Congress had to use the budget reconciliation process to start the repeal process because it could pass with only 51 votes. This was the best procedural method with the highest chance of success. Now, Congress will be able to move forward with the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a patient-centered healthcare system. 

 This budget reconciliation package is not a spending bill. It is just a budget plan, much like many Americans set up for their own families. This is the first step in a much longer process of undoing the damage that has been done and replacing it with a health care system that provides affordable health coverage to all who want it without an unconstitutional federal mandate.”