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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on the Deal to Reopen the Government and Avert Default

October 16, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the deal to reopen the government and avert a default on our nation’s debt:

“Today, after 16 days of a government shutdown and just one day before the risk of a catastrophic default, Republicans have finally agreed to fulfill their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills. The American people had to wait far too long for Congress to come to an agreement that ends the government shutdown and averts yet another Republican-made crisis.

This bipartisan compromise is right for America because it reopens the government to provide vital services that millions of Americans rely on; it preserves the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that millions of Americans will have access to affordable healthcare; and it prevents a catastrophic default that would harm the full faith and credit of the United States.  It also forms a bicameral, bipartisan budget committee to thoughtfully yet expeditiously work out a long-term fiscal plan—exactly what Democrats have called for throughout the last six months.

For weeks, furloughed workers have struggled to make ends meet and many worried they would not receive the benefits they need to survive. The damaging 16-day Republican government shutdown has harmed our economy and the middle class—halting much-needed small business loans, stopping life-saving medical research, and stalling housing loans for American families. No American family should have to struggle because a stubborn minority insists on getting its way.

Congress must get to work by creating jobs and passing vital legislation that preserves the social safety net and expands opportunities to achieve the American dream."