Donnelly Says “Moderate” Senators Helped Budget Deal
October 16, 2013 — Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s part of a bipartisan group that created the framework for a deal ending the federal government shutdown.
Donnelly says a group of what he calls 14 “moderate” Senators have been meeting almost every day for two weeks, crafting a deal to end the stalemate in Washington.
The Indiana Democrat says Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell used much of what the group created to finalize a deal that will fund the government until January 15th and raise the debt ceiling through February 7th.
Donnelly says he wanted to include in the final deal a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax that many Indiana businesses say is preventing them from investing and expanding, “It wasn’t part of the final package, but it is something that we have assurances will continue to be looked at and get done.”
Donnelly says he hopes the current shutdown’s negative effects will prevent Congress from pushing negotiations to the edge next time.
By Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith