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Region’s Congressional Delegates Supported Vote

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October 17, 2013 — The United States has a new debt ceiling and a new budget, and both are just temporary.

The Region’s three delegates to Congress all voted last night for the nation’s temporary budget until January 15 and debt ceiling extension to February 7, 2014, which President Barack Obama signed into law.

Indiana’s First District U.S. Representative democrat Pete Visclosky says, “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.”

Indiana’s Senior U.S. Senator republican Dan Coats issued the following statement today after voting for the legislation, “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.”

Indiana democrat U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly also voted Wednesday night for a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

Donnelly said yesterday he was part of a group of “moderate” U.S. senators who met almost daily to work on a budget deal after the federal government’s budget lapsed September 30 at the end of its fiscal year, “I wanted to make sure to push the debt ceiling out as far as we could, and obviously, I would have liked it out farther.”

“I don’t think it will be like this again next time,” Donnelly said.  “I can tell you that from everyone that I’ve talked to there is no appetite for a repeat of this in the Senate.  I am hopeful that the House will feel the same way.”

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