Congressman Tim Ryan Issues Statement on Vote to Open Government and Avert Default

Oct 17, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement after voting to end the Republican-led government shutdown and extend the national debt limit. The bill has been passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives, and currently awaiting President Obama’s signature:

"I am pleased a deal has been struck to reopen our government and extend the debt limit, enabling us to continue to pay our country’s bills. The Senate has acted in a bipartisan way and come up with a solution to move forward and I, along with all of my fellow Democrats, voted in favor of their bill when it came to the House.  While I would prefer that these issues be settled in a more comprehensive way, this is better than keeping the government closed, with 800,000 of federal workers off the job, and our country’s citizens not being able to access their government. 

"This senseless shutdown has cost tax payers $24 billion dollars and I am pleased that with this deal the bleeding can finally stop. I hope that the damage this crisis caused has taught the Republican Tea Party that radical behavior like shutting down the government and bring our nation to the brink of default is no way to govern – and the American people will not stand for it. There are serious issues that must be addressed in a bipartisan fashion, and hopefully Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues will now work with Democrats on legislation to end the sequester, reinvest in our infrastructure, and put Americans back to work.

"The American people want the government open and our debts paid on time. That’s the responsible thing to do."

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