Coats, Donnelly, Visclosky
Federal employees are heading back to work today, after a 16-day government shutdown kept them off the job. Here are statements released by Indiana US Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly and First District Congressman Pete Visclosky on the deal announced Wednesday to reopen the federal government.
Indiana US Senator Dan Coats:
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement after voting for legislation to fund the federal government through January 15, 2014 and raise the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014:
“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.
Indiana US Senator Joe DonnellY:
Washington, D.C.—This afternoon, Senator Joe Donnelly spoke with members of the Indiana media to discuss the Senate’s bipartisan agreement that would reopen the federal government and ensure the country continues to pay its bills. He also discussed his role as one of 14 senators from both parties who worked on a bipartisan framework that helped break the gridlock.
When asked about what he heard from Hoosiers about the shutdown, Senator Donnelly said they were asking Congress to get back to work. He said, “Every day we spent working on this was one day we couldn’t be working on putting more Hoosiers into additional employment. This country works best when every mom and dad is working and has a chance to take care of their kids and their families. And that’s my focus, and I think that’s what everybody back home wants. Look: run the shop, run it right, keep the spending down, create more jobs.”
Additional comments from the call follow.
“I approach this job that I have been given the honor of having with the common sense we have as Hoosiers, the common sense that I pledged to bring to the U.S. Senate if I was elected last year. And that means working with both parties to get things done, it means working to be a constructive part of the process. This is what people of Indiana expect from me and what I try to do every day.
“I have for the past few weeks been a part of a group of now 14 senators…6 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 7 Republicans who have met several times over the past couple of weeks to putting together a bipartisan framework to get the government operating and ensure we continue to pay our bills. This is about the jobs in Indiana, making sure we don’t have any interruptions in creating more jobs, about our families making ends meet. It’s about our economy. It’s about our nation’s reputation.
“I think we need more people focused on what’s best for Indiana, what’s best for our nation, and less about what’s best in politics. This is not about Democrat, this is not about Republican, it’s about America. That’s what Hoosiers sent me here to do, and that’s what I have tried to do the past few weeks and since my first day in office.”
First District Congressman Pete Visclosky:
“I supported the budget agreement reached in the United State Senate in order to reopen the federal government and ensure that our financial obligations are met. For some years, Congress has failed in its responsibility to provide for the predictable and efficient delivery of services and protections important to all Americans. This failure has reduced the effectiveness of our government and distracted attention from strengthening our economy and creating good-paying jobs. Despite past disappointments, I am committed to working hard with all of my colleagues to use this temporary respite as a real opportunity to comprehensively address our national budget in a balanced fashion, and to achieve the reasoned and timely completion of all Fiscal Year 2014 funding measures with an emphasis on investing in our economy.” Congressman Visclosky said.