EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMembers Of WV Delegation React To Reopening Of Government
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Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 10:43 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013 12:52 AM EDT
Members of the region's delegation to Congress reacted Wednesday to passage of a bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government and avoid default.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.
“For now, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief, but this is a temporary respite. We should hope and pray that cooler heads will prevail before we must revisit these issues early next year, and that the Majority in the House of Representatives will not revive the threat of a shutdown and default to extract political concessions. Such tactics are reckless and completely at odds with the Constitutional oath to which every Member has sworn, and I hope that my colleagues from both sides of the aisle will stand up to those extremists who would put their personal political fortunes above the collective well-being of the Nation.”
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.:
"The American people deserve a solution that ends the partisan bickering, opens the government and ensures we pay our bills on time. While I would prefer a plan that makes more substantial reforms to grow the economy, address our excessive spending, and fix the broken health care law, this agreement will allow us to move forward.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.:
“There’s no doubt that the last two weeks have been a frustrating and difficult time for the people of West Virginia and our nation. Because a small group of Republican House members decided to create a crisis over their objections to the health care law, families have been put at risk along with the full faith and credit of the U.S. I have been in the Senate long enough to understand that people have differences of opinion, and differing ideas when it comes to how laws should impact the American people. Although in the past, elected leaders in Congress took seriously their obligation to govern. We did our best to rise above the fray by talking to each other and compromising.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.:
“I am pleased that our leaders could put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal that reopens the government and prevents a first-ever default on our debt. I thank Senator Susan Collins and our group of fourteen bipartisan senators – seven Republicans, six Democrats and one Independent – who helped draft the template of the final budget deal.
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