Minn. Congressional Members Release Statements on Vote to End Shutdown

Updated: 10/16/2013 11:25 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

Minnesota's members of congress are releasing statements after a vote to end the government shutdown and avoid default. The measure restores government funding through Jan. 15 and extends the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Congressman John Kline:

“Today, members of Congress were asked to make a difficult decision. Ultimately, I was not willing to put the full faith and credit of the United States at risk. Congress and the White House must put country first. The result was imperfect, but it was a temporary solution I believed was in the best interest of Americans.

“Moving forward, we must address runaway spending, the debt, and failed policies like ObamaCare that are barriers to our economic recovery and threaten the future of our children and grandchildren. Our record-high debt is as much the result of failed leadership as it is failed policies that grew government instead of our economy. We must tackle the pressing issues Americans sent us to Washington to face.”

Congressman Tim Walz:

“This situation was completely avoidable and no one should be patting themselves on the back about doing the basic work of government: keeping it open and paying our bills on time. This reckless shutdown led by the Tea Party fringe accomplished nothing except damaging our reputation abroad, costing our economy billions, and hurting hardworking middle class Americans.

“Hopefully this experience will serve as a lesson to the Tea Party that shutting down the government and threatening world economic chaos is no way to conduct business or extract ideological concessions. The American people deserve solutions, not more reckless political games. We must end this cycle of manufactured crisis and get back to doing the work the people sent us here to do, like tackling the debt, creating jobs, growing our economy, and getting a long-term Farm Bill signed into law.”

Congressman Erik Paulsen:

“I’m disappointed in the process and hoped for a better outcome, including the repeal of the medical device tax,” said Congressman Paulsen. “We need to reopen the government and avoid a national default. Washington needs to get serious about its spending problems and Congress must work together to earn back the trust of the American people.”

Senator Al Franken:

“I’m relieved that we are finally reopening the government and that we’ve let the world know that the U.S. will pay its bills on time. Now we must focus on the work we were sent here to do. I look forward to having a serious discussion about how we can continue to spur our economic recovery while addressing the long-term sustainability of our debt.

“Minnesotans are rightly frustrated with Washington, and I am too. I hope those Members of Congress who caused this shutdown learn that the American people don’t want us to govern by lurching from crisis to crisis. I hope we are able to return to working on the issues we should be focused on: putting people back to work, educating our kids, and strengthening our economic recovery.”