ICYMI, the government re-opened and averted a default… for about 120 days. #HardWorkPaysOff
There were some pretty critical statements from all sides on the aisle for a whole bunch of reasons.
“I hope the adults in the room will work out something from a budget standpoint,” said Saxby Chambliss. He also issued a joint statement with Senator Johnny Isakson on the re-opening of the government.
Lynn Westmoreland said: “we all went all in, and we all lost.” He also said he thinks the whole fiasco will hurt Speaker John Boehner.
Tom Graves added: “We’ve been most successful when we stand for–unified–behind what we believe philosophically and policywise. The House is strong in that regard and we’ll continue to do that.
David Scott believes what happened is “unfair to the American people.” “I hope and pray that…we’ve learned a lesson from this and that we will not be, we will never ever again utilize a debt ceiling like this.”
Some good news came from Jack Kingston. He noted the country is philosophically divided. We don’t have a common vision of government. These fights unfortunately are not going to go away.” Yay.
I found official statements from Barrow, Kingston, Price and Woodall on the Senate deal. Only Barrow said he supports the deal. Price is the least happy. All of their full quotes are below.
My headline of course is from the AJC man-on-the-street reaction story. It is also my opinion on our current practice of lurching from “showdown” to “showdown”, creating a spectacle over nothing and having two petulant, pathetic and embarrassing parties in office that have no desire to govern (Republicans) and no ability to do so (Democrats). We’re all screwed and we’re all to blame for electing them.
“For over two weeks, the shutdown of the federal government has done serious damage to businesses in the 12th District, cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and jeopardized important benefits for veterans,” said Congressman Barrow. “While I’m disappointed that this package doesn’t do enough to reduce our deficit, I don’t think that prolonging the shutdown is the way to go.”
“I urge the budget conferees to seize this opportunity to develop a plan that addresses our biggest problem – deficit spending.”
“The drama of the government shutdown and the debt limit debate has served as a distraction from the real debate here. Our national debt is larger than the size of the entire American economy and government borrows forty-two cents for every dollar it spends. I opposed this proposal because it does nothing to check the growth of government or put our country on a more sustainable path.
“While I could not support this package, I remain committed to working with Democrats and Republicans alike to advance reforms that will free future generations from a life indebted to China. We must come together to ensure the next three months are used productively so we are not in this position again.”
“There’s nothing historic about this agreement. It is the response to a crisis manufactured by the President and a Democrat party content with the nation’s fiscal ruin.
“For weeks, House Republicans have given our colleagues opportunity after opportunity to focus on the real challenges before us – a ballooning debt, a weak economy and a health care law that is contributing to both. Finding positive solutions to those challenges is what the American people elected us to do. That there’s now an agreement in place to talk about how we solve them is a good first step, but one has to wonder why the Democrat majority in Washington needed two weeks of a government shutdown and a run-up to the debt ceiling in order to agree to talk about doing their job.
“We have a $17 trillion national debt and millions of our fellow Americans are out of work or being pushed into part-time jobs. In the talks to come will Democrats continue to defend that status quo? For our part, House Republicans are going to continue to fight to do something about it – to break down barriers to economic growth, to unleash more opportunity and greater financial security for American families. We, as always, welcome our Democrat colleagues to the table to have an honest and healthy discussion focused on solutions. What remains to be seen is whether or not Senate Democrats and President Obama will in the days and weeks ahead embrace the opportunity they claim they want to negotiate and compromise.”
“I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get the White House to the negotiating table on any of the big issues facing America. I’m disappointed that the Senate continues to stall and delay rather than engage and move solutions forward. The House stood strong for as long as we had the votes to do so. We pressed hard for America’s priorities every day. Over and over again, the House reached out to the Senate and the President to try to find common ground, and each time we were rebuffed. The result being that American government will continue without change, federal spending will continue on without change, and federal borrowing will increase to more than $17 trillion. Our children deserve so much better. I know that since the Senate and the White House disagree with so many of our Georgia priorities that we will not achieve all of our goals, but we can move forward step by step, little by little, and make a difference for America on some of our shared goals. Now that the shutdown is over, the President has changed his message from ‘I will never negotiate’ to ‘I am happy to negotiate.’ America needs him to keep his word, and I intend to hold him to it.”