Shutdown Ends, Debt Ceiling Raised
Rep. Lummis Votes Against Appeasement and Procrastination
“The majority of Congress and the President have chosen to give the nation’s growing can of financial woes another solid kick down the proverbial road.”Congress passed and the President signed a bill to fully reopen the federal government and extend the debt ceiling until next year. In addition to funding the government, the bill provides back-pay for federal employees and requires basic income verification for Obamacare subsidies. As part of the agreement, the House and Senate will convene a conference committee to negotiate a fiscal year 2014 budget resolution.
The government is now funded through January 15 and the debt ceiling is extended to February 7. If Congress cannot come to an agreement at that time the bill allows the Treasury Department to use financial maneuvers to pay the nation’s debts.
U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted against the bill citing its failure to deal with the out of control spending and the self-destructive entitlement programs.
“The majority of Congress and the President have chosen to give the nation’s growing can of financial woes another solid kick down the proverbial road,” said Rep. Lummis. “We are again failing to address the out of control spending in Washington and entitlement programs in desperate need of reform. I am disappointed with the deal reached by Senators Reid and McConnell. It empowers the government to continue to lay the financial burden of today’s reckless spending on the shoulders of our children without one dollar of spending reduction.”