Wisconsin lawmakers react to debt vote
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Congressional delegation voted mostly along party lines for the bill that reopened the government and avoided default.
Green Bay area Congressman Reid Ribble is the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote with the Democrats.
Ribble says in a statement:
Tonight I voted for the bipartisan plan to reopen the government and avoid default. My vote was taken after hours of careful consideration and listening to the concerns and input of thousands of citizens in the district. While there were parts of the bill I opposed, I have chosen to give the Congress a 90 day opportunity to actually work within a framework to budget and appropriate funds in regular order and end the nonsense of continuing resolutions.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson says he voted no, "because I think yesterday was a loss for America."
Johnson says we've just kicked the can down the road again without tackling the nation's debt.
"On a bipartisan basis, politicians have been lying to the American public for decades," Johnson said.
Johnson says in the coming years, the government will spend 35 to 40 cents of every dollar the nation produces. "The only way you balance your budget when the government is consuming 35 to 40 percent of your economy is you gotta be taxing income of everybody at the rate of at least 40 percent," Johnson said.
Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan also raised some eyebrows for his no vote. Most of the other top Republicans voted for it. In a statement, Ryan echoed much of what Senator Johnson said.
Today’s legislation reopens the government and averts default. It rejects Democrats’ demands to increase spending. And it sets a precedent for further changes to Obamacare.
But it’s also a missed opportunity. To pay our bills today-and to make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow-we must make a down payment on the debt. Today’s legislation won’t help us reduce our fast-growing debt. In fact, it could extend the debt ceiling well into next year, further delaying any action. In my judgment, this isn’t a breakthrough. We’re just kicking the can down the road.
That said, I hope both sides will work together in the months ahead to pay down the debt, provide relief for families, and grow the economy. I look forward to convening the first conference on a budget resolution since 2009. And though a budget resolution by itself can’t resolve our spending problem, I’m committed to making a bipartisan budget conference a success.
Following the vote, Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement:
“I support the bipartisan Senate plan to end the shutdown, open the government, pay our bills and prevent a government default. This bipartisan compromise will provide our economy with the stability and certainty it desperately needs and it is my hope that this it will break this destructive pattern in Washington of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
“Now is the time for both parties to work together to pass a responsible budget that invests in the middle class, strengthens our economy and reduces the deficit without shortchanging our future. The middle class families and small businesses that are working so hard to move our economic recovery forward deserve to have both parties in Washington working together to create jobs and grow our economy.”
The statement from Congresswoman Gwen Moore:
This evening my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both legislative bodies put politics aside and voted in the best interests of the American people,” said Rep. Moore. “Once President Obama signs the legislation into law, the government shutdown will end and a global economic disaster will be averted.
The Senate-approved language passed the House by a vote of 285 to 144.
Although I am pleased that the impasse has finally ended after 16 days of partisan action, we must remember that this dysfunction should have never occurred. As Members of Congress, it is our privilege and our obligation to represent our country above our respective parties. This Congress has failed. The Republican Party has steadfastly held on to their destructive political ideology, even in the face of widespread opposition from the American people. The House GOP cannot find consensus within their own party, let alone reach across the aisle to begin to work for their constituents, not in spite of them. Due to their seeming inability to lead this nation with positive conviction and purpose, we have been operating from one manufactured crisis to the next. The American people deserve better.
During the coming budget negotiations, I hope my Republican colleagues remember the pain they have caused our economy and families across this nation. I implore every Member on the negotiating team to come together in a good faith effort to address our differences. Let us all do what is right for the American people and end these antics.