Rep. Walter B. Jones was the only member of Congress representing southeastern North Carolina to vote against the bill to re-open the government
WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - Representative Walter B. Jones is the only lawmaker representing southeastern North Carolina in Congress to vote against a compromise bill to re-open the federal government from its' partial shutdown. The bill, which was negotiated by Senate leaders Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell, passed the Senate 81-18 and the House passed the bill 285-144.
The following are statements send by email by members of Congress that represent southeastern North Carolina:
Rep. Walter. B. Jones (R-NC3) votes "No": "As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I cannot in good conscience support a piece of legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the most pressing issue facing our country – out of control spending," said Congressman Jones. "When the national debt is an astonishing 17 trillion dollars, the last thing Washington needs is permission to continue its reckless spending habits. Borrowing another roughly 230 billion dollars from the Chinese and other foreign governments – only to funnel much of it back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects – is the wrong choice for our country. Furthermore, this proposal does nothing to address the skyrocketing costs of health insurance that Eastern North Carolinians are seeing every day under Obamacare. Premiums will continue to rise, families will continue to receive cancellation notices, employers will continue reducing hours, and the federal government takeover of our health care system will proceed. The only change to the president's health care law in the Senate proposal is an income verification requirement for individuals receiving federal subsidies – a relatively minor measure that was already included in the original Obamacare law but which the president has chosen to ignore."
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC7) voted "Yes": "On day one of the government shutdown, I joined together with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to do everything possible to get our government open so we can address the many challenges we face. Problem solving, and not finger pointing, is the backbone of leadership and keeping America strong. I have voted at every opportunity to re-open our government and am pleased to do that again tonight for a bill that will do that. It is good that we will avoid an economic default and open the doors of government. However, we should continue bipartisan discussions with the goal of putting forth a long-term deficit reduction agreement to get our fiscal house in order and finding other areas of cooperation, including a Balanced Budget Amendment. Keep fixing and stop fighting! That's what the American people need and deserve."
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) votes "Yes": "From the outset, I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable. The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing. Today, I voted for a package that would reopen the government, extend the debt limit, secure a deadline for bipartisan, bicameral agreement on an actual budget, and require the Administration to enforce anti-fraud provisions for those who receive Obamacare subsidies. It is time we move on from this episode, begin the reforms needed in our entitlement programs and the tax code, address the rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending, and get back to creating an environment that allows for economic expansion and job creation."
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted "Yes": "This government shutdown was completely unnecessary. Congress should have never gotten to the point where the government was shut down and on the verge of a default crisis, and no one should attempt to take a victory lap after tonight's vote. However, I am glad the Senate passed a bipartisan plan to re-open the government and avert a default crisis that would be disastrous for our economy and our middle class families. I wasn't elected to shut down the government or play political games, and it's time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and get to work on a long-term, bipartisan and balanced plan to get our fiscal house in order, grow our economy and give certainty to families and business owners."
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