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Bonamici Statement on Deal to Reopen Government and Avert an Economic Shutdown

October 16, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement on the deal to end the government shutdown and remove the threat of a federal default.

“The bipartisan deal to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on federal obligations will allow us to avert an economic crisis, but we must recognize that too much damage has already been done. The government shutdown was unnecessary and harmful to public and private sector employees, businesses, and families across Oregon and the country. 

“Today’s agreement should initiate a departure from the days of governing from crisis to crisis. I am hopeful that my colleagues who cheered on this shutdown have learned that the American people are harmed, as is democracy, when shutting down the government is used as leverage.

“It’s time for all of my colleagues to work together on a commonsense budget that balances growing our economy with the need to reduce our deficit. It’s time to set aside the divisive and destructive rhetoric. We still have a lot of work to do. It’s time for Congress to get back to finding solutions that benefit the American people.”