NC Congressional Leaders React To Deal Ending Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress approved a bipartisan deal, dodging a debt default and ending a 16-day government shutdown.

READ:Deal Done. Shutdown Ends. Default Averted.

The House voted 285-11 to reopen the government. The Senate approved the measure 81-18 earlier in the evening on Wednesday.

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx voted against the deal while Congressman Howard Coble voted in favor of the legislation.

Both Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan voted in support of the deal.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, R-NC, released the following statement:

"North Carolinians expect real solutions, not problem dodging, from their elected leaders. They expect solutions to ensure laws are fair, spending is controlled, and government is responsive to their concerns. They expect the President to work with both parties to put the American people first.

"America is facing sizeable challenges, in no small part because decades of temporary fixes have failed to confront fundamental problems. Now families are learning that their health care costs will be skyrocketing next year. They are unable to afford Obamacare, much less log in to the government's broken health care website. Federal debt has already eclipsed the size of the United States economy and will soar to unsustainable levels unless Washington chooses to get the cost of 'mandatory' spending programs under control. Both parties must acknowledge and commit to fix that reality.

"In the House of Representatives, we had hoped the occasion of America's debt ceiling deadline would spur bipartisan commitment to confront the real drivers of America's $16.7 trillion debt - debt that will hang over the heads of our children and grandchildren for years to come. It did not.

"We attempted to work with the President and Senate Democrats to delay Obamacare's unprecedented individual mandate tax and at least guarantee fairness in the broken law's implementation. They refused.

"While I am glad to see the federal government shutdown end and have temporary assurance that America's bills will be paid, given the magnitude of the problems we face, the solution offered by the United States Senate does not adequately improve America's long-term fiscal health. Thus, I could not offer my support.

"In the weeks and months ahead, the country will have to ask whether the President takes his legacy of debt seriously. Republicans and Democrats alike should heed the mathematical writing on the wall and urge the President to commit to honest spending reforms to make our country stronger.

"It won't be easy, but our debt - driven largely by health care spending, and exacerbated by Obamacare - requires a leader. Right now, President Obama is America's leader, and the buck stops with him."

Congressman Howard Coble, R-NC, released the following statement:

"When this fight started, I said that our district was adamantly opposed to Obamacare and equally opposed to shutting down the government. So, we tried several ways to slow down this train wreck of health care reform. We tried to defund it or delay it for one year. We were unsuccessful because President Obama and Senate Leader Harry Reid were never willing to engage even in a dialogue.

"Now that the effort to derail the so-called Un-Affordable Care Act is over, we had to do something to get the government back to working for the people. I will vote for the continuing resolution, known as the CR, and to extend the debt ceiling because, even though far from perfect, the legislation does have some features that make it worth supporting. First, it does not touch the sequestration cuts named in the Budget Control Act. Thanks to sequestration, we have had reductions in federal spending for two years in a row for the first time in several generations.

"Second, this bill will appoint budget conferees who will have until mid-December to negotiate real, long-term spending solutions. We have to stop operating the government from CR to CR and enact a federal budget that will bring real certainty to how Washington spends tax dollars.

"Third, we have added language that will require real income verification for those seeking subsidies under the Obamacare exchanges. Prior to this, it was up to the enrollee to verify how much he or she made. Hopefully, this will prevent those who don't deserve the subsidies from getting them.T

"Fourth, this bill guarantees - at least until early next year - that the federal government will not default on its obligations. Between now and next year, we need to come up with a long-term solution to our pressing national debt, which is $17 trillion and growing out of control.

"We will continue to looks for ways to reform or repeal Obamacare through congressional oversight and legislation. This vote tonight to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling is the right way to go for right now."

Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC, released the following statement:

"This government shutdown was completely unnecessary. Congress should have never gotten to the point where the government was shut down and on the verge of a default crisis, and no one should attempt to take a victory lap after tonight's vote. However, I am glad the Senate passed a bipartisan plan to re-open the government and avert a default crisis that would be disastrous for our economy and our middle class families. I wasn't elected to shut down the government or play political games, and it's time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and get to work on a long-term, bipartisan and balanced plan to get our fiscal house in order, grow our economy and give certainty to families and business owners."

Senator Richard Burr, R-NC, released the following statement:

"From the outset, I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable. The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing.Today, I voted for a package that would reopen the government, extend the debt limit, secure a deadline for bipartisan, bicameral agreement on an actual budget, and require the Administration to enforce anti-fraud provisions for those who receive Obamacare subsidies. It is time we move on from this episode, begin the reforms needed in our entitlement programs and the tax code, address the rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending, and get back to creating an environment that allows for economic expansion and job creation."


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