Finally - the government shutdown is over
Tonight, I voted to reopen the government and pay our nation’s bills. The 16-day shutdown was a waste of time and only served to hurt the American people and the economy. It was long-past time for Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on a bipartisan bill that would reopen the government.
This deal means thousands of federal workers in my district and 7,500 scientists, researchers and other employees of Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore can breathe easier knowing they will no longer be furloughed without pay. It is not fair that our federal workforce and lab workers suffer because of a government shutdown that was no fault of their own.
Throughout the shutdown, I met almost every day with the United Solutions Caucus, a group I helped found of bipartisan freshmen Members of Congress. We engaged in discussions on possible solutions to the crisis. I am proud to have led a statement signed by Members from both parties in this Caucus endorsing the bipartisan Senate deal.
It is my hope that the days of political brinkmanship are over and we can get back to work growing our economy and creating jobs.
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