Federal government ends 16-day shutdown with 11th-hour deal

After a negotiation led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to put an end to a 16-day political standoff that suspended federal programs, President Barack Obama signed a Congress-approved deal on Oct. 16 that ended the shutdown.
Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (D­–Long Beach) voted “yea” on the Reid-McConnell bill to re-open the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling.
“I am glad that this irresponsible shutdown has ended, and the full faith and credit of our country remains, for the moment, intact,” Lowenthal said in a press release emailed on Wednesday night. “Tonight’s vote proved that even after all other possibilities were exhausted, the majority of Congress did the right thing.
“I cannot say that I am proud of some of my colleagues for allowing this to go until the 11th hour, but I can say that I am undoubtedly relieved. This shutdown, which could have been avoided, cost the U.S. $24 billion. My hope is that cool heads will prevail from here on out so as to ensure this folly does not happen again, especially as we renew efforts to reverse the across-the-board sequestration cuts.
“The Reid-McConnell bill was a clear sign of bipartisan leadership from our friends in the Senate, and I commend Speaker Boehner for allowing the House to vote on it. Now, those 800,000 furloughed government employees– including over 30,000 in Southern California– can come back to work with the peace of mind that they will be able to pay their bills, put food on the table, and get back to work for the American people.”

Source: Alan Lowenthal’s office

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