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Michiana lawmakers respond to budget deal

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Michiana lawmakers are responding to a budget deal that ends the partial Government Shutdown and raises the debt ceiling.

Statement from Senator Dan Coats:

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement after voting for legislation to fund the federal government through January 15, 2013 and raise the debt ceiling through February 7, 2013:

"I returned to public service to make the difficult choices necessary to tackle our debt and restore our country's fiscal footing. To my great disappointment, once again Congress is kicking the can down the road and ignoring what needs to be done.

"While I deplore supporting yet another short-term Band-Aid, the only thing worse would be a continued government shutdown, the United States defaulting on its debt obligations and the elimination of the spending reductions enacted by Congress in 2011.

"I have voted for and will continue to support efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense health care reforms. It is evident to me that the present strategy has failed to sway the president or Senate Democrats. As we've seen from Obamacare's disastrous rollout, this law's failures are more than mere glitches, and the fight to repeal it must continue. 

"I am disappointed with this outcome, but my commitment to reducing our debt, growing the economy and getting Americans back to work will not waver. I will be an integral part of the ongoing effort to address our nation's serious financial challenges."

The legislation passed the Senate 81 to 18 and will head to the House of Representatives for immediate consideration.

Statement from Congressman Fred Upton:

Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement in anticipation of this evening's vote to reopen the federal government and fund federal agencies through January 15, 2014, as well as prevent a default on the nation's debt obligations by temporarily extending the debt limit until February 7, 2014. The bipartisan agreement will give both sides time to work out a long-term solution to address the national debt and deficits. Upton said he plans to vote in favor of the agreement, which is expected to be approved this evening by both the House of Representatives and Senate.

"Now it is time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and turn away from the government dysfunction that has crippled our country. I stand committed to working in a bipartisan manner to seek common-sense reforms that can help our still struggling economy. No question that we had to avoid default and pay our bills, but we are long overdue to cut reckless spending and reduce the deficit. There are plenty of issues like the Farm Bill, immigration, energy independence, and the new health care law that need constructive attention rather than inaction."

Statement from Senator Debbie Stabenow:

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement  after tonight's bipartisan 81-18 Senate vote to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic damage of a national default:
 
"I am relieved and pleased that the Senate finally came together in a bipartisan, responsible way to end the shutdown and avert more hardship for families and our economy.  Now Congress needs to get back to what it should have been focusing on all along--working together to help businesses create jobs and developing a budget that continues to invest in the future while reducing the deficit.
 
"It is unacceptable that a small group of Tea Party Republicans shut down the government and once again endangered our nation's credit rating because they were unwilling to work in a bipartisan way to solve problems. Creating manufactured crises like this disrupts economic growth and creates tremendous uncertainty for businesses and families.  These harmful tactics must come to an end.
 
"Bipartisan cooperation to solve problems is possible. We brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill in the Senate that helps create jobs and cuts spending.  Now that the shutdown is over, Congress needs to work across the aisle to strengthen our economy and reduce the deficit.  Passing a bipartisan Farm Bill would be a great first step."

Statement from Congressman Marlin Stutzman:

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement today regarding the Senate's legislation to re-open the government and avoid a default:
"Hoosier families are struggling under the weight of Obamacare's job-killing mandates and the nation's crushing $17 trillion debt.  This bill does nothing to provide relief of those issues or end special treatment for Members of Congress under Obamacare and therefore I will oppose it."
Background:
  • Unlike yesterday's proposal by House Republicans, the Senate bill does not include provisions to eliminate ObamaCare's tax subsidies for Members of Congress, congressional staff, the President, and Cabinet officials.
  • The Senate bill also lacks provisions to either eliminate or delay ObamaCare's medical device tax which threatens thousands of Hoosier jobs.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski:

"As I have said before, I do not support defaulting on our nation's debt.  Tonight, I am glad that a deal was reached to temporarily avoid default and reopen the government, allowing more time for the House and Senate to reach a long-term compromise. However, without any spending cuts or budget reforms aimed at getting our fiscal house in order, I could not support this plan.
 
"Moving forward, I will continue to work across the aisle on bipartisan solutions to balance the budget, cut spending, and get our national debt under control.  I remain committed to participating in these important discussions until we agree on commonsense policies that properly support our hardworking families, seniors, veterans, and servicemembers."
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