New Mexico representatives react to fiscal deal, end of shutdown

Posted at: 10/17/2013 8:41 AM
Updated at: 10/17/2013 9:04 AM
By: staff

The director of the Office of Management and Budget says all furloughed federal workers should return to work on their next scheduled work day. For many, that day is today.

Late last night, President Barack Obama signed the approved measure to restore government funding through Jan. 15 and extend the borrowing limit through Feb. 7.

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., was the only New Mexico representative who voted no on last night's deal. He told KOB's Tom Joles by phone that he wanted something cleaner and simpler:

Joles: "Has this drawn out and painful impasse taught this country's leaders anything?"
Pearce: "I'm telling Democrats and Republicans both, this nation is dying and breaking apart. The people want to solve issues."

He continued, "If we've learned only that, that the nation depends on us, that we can have our philosophical differences, but have to work together--that's the key. I'm hopeful, but I'll tell you from the past, I'm skeptical."

But in the end, Pearce said he was glad furloughed federal employees can now go back to work.

New Mexico's two Democratic representatives, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, both voted in favor of the measure.

"While I would have preferred legislation that extends the debt limit for a longer period of time and that funds the government at a higher level, this represents a compromise that will finally end the government shutdown that has hurt families in New Mexico and protect the full faith and credit of our nation by ensuring we do not default for the first time in history," Rep. Lujan said in a statement.

"The last few weeks have proven beyond a doubt that recklessly shutting down the government and sabotaging the economy is simply not a responsible way to govern. New Mexicans expect and deserve a Congress where Democrats and Republicans respect and value each other's ideas – even if they are vastly different – and want to work together," Rep. Lujan Grisham said in a statement.