(AURN) — The Obama adminsitration is working hard to prevent cuts to the Department of Homeland Security that could result is furloughs and a dent in anti terror protections as well as protections for the first family, embassies and diplomats. More from White House Correspondent April Ryan:
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings believes an administration shake up is on the way after ACA website problems. Cummings also says Democrats stand with the President making sure that site is working for the 40 million uninsured Americans, but Democrats are frustrated the site is not working as it should but are encouraged by states like California and Kentucky’s enrollment numbers.
April Ryan asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about Congressman Cummings’ remarks – LISTEN:
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Washington, DC (Sept. 29, 2013) – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ passage of a continuing resolution that delays the Affordable Care Act by one year and repeals the Medical Device Tax:
“Today, by failing to perform their most basic duty, Republicans in the Congress failed the American people. They voted to shut down the government, all because of their obsession with taking away health insurance for millions of people and giving back to insurance companies the power to decide who gets what care. In their blind pursuit of ideology over our nation’s best interests, Republicans are hurting our economy, threatening job creation, and leaving families with less security and stability. As a result of these irresponsible actions, federal employees – who have already endured relentless attacks on their salary and benefits – will suffer yet again through no fault of their own, and critical services on which so many American families rely will come to a grinding halt.”
President Obama is overseas in Sweden on his way to the G-20 Summit in in St. Petersburg Russia. As the President meets with world leaders back home in the United States, the debate swirls on proposed military strikes against Syria.
The President, the Vice President, the Chief of Staff and other White House officials are pushing President Obama’s case for a military strike.
Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, a friend of President Obama, is not certain how he will vote on the Resolution for military action. He says “95%” of his constituent calls are against military action. Cummings requested a conversation with Secretary John Kerry and was slated to talk with Kerry Tuesday afternoon.
Cummings wants the Administration to make the case to the public on a strike against Syria. Cummings acknowledges he is also “seeking information” when it comes to determining how he will vote. LISTEN: