U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., released the following statement, after voting
for the last-hour compromise bill to fund the federal government through
Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7.
“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.”
Visclosky on His Vote
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released this statement, after he voted for
the legislation in the House.
“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.”