The Shutdown Ends
The mess in Washington is finally over.
So how did the New York delegation vote Wednesday night?
Every single member who was on Capitol Hill supported the bipartisan plan, except for two Republicans: Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed.
Before the vote, Collins told us that he objected to the bill because it pushed the can down the road and didn’t immediately tackle the country’s problems, a point he reiterated in a statement after the vote.
“Tonight, the House voted to increase our national debt by over a $300 billion without achieving a single spending cut,” said Collins. “I could not, in good faith, vote in favor of this legislation which only adds billions to the credit card bill our children will be left to pay.”
Reed, who faces a tough election battle next year against Democrat Martha Robertson, said the measure just kept the “status quo.”
“The 23rd district of New York did not send me to Washington to support the status quo of government by crisis,” said Reed. “This country needs a long-term solution that stops the endless cycle of crises and kicking the can down the road. Enough is enough. We cannot keep borrowing to cover uncontrolled spending without jeopardizing our children and grandchildren’s future. No one wants a default but that is exactly what will happen sooner or later if we do not deal with this problem. I will work tirelessly in support of a long-term solution before the next crisis dates looming just three months away. Our country deserves real solutions and I offer my ‘Honest Proposal.’”
Robertson was quick to blast Reed’s vote, releasing this statement Wednesday night:
“Congressman Tom Reed’s refusal to support the bi-partisan resolution to reopen the government and avoid a default shows that he is willing to tow the Tea Party line at all costs, even when the well-being of Veterans, senior citizens, and the entire economy is at risk,” said Robertson. “Not only did Congressman Reed vote four times to shut down the government and vote 17 times to refuse to reopen the government, he has also repeatedly rejected the efforts of his fellow Republicans in both the Senate and House to avoid a default and reopen the government. Although Congressman Reed tries to pose as a moderate while in New York, his actions tell a different story. His obstructionism in the face of this crisis is reckless and irresponsible, and shows his willingness to put the extreme ideology of the Tea Party ahead of the U.S. economy and his constituents.”
Republican Reps. Peter King and Richard Hanna voted “yes” on the plan, as did Reps. Michael Grimm and Chris Gibson, both of whom face tough elections next year.
Until today, Grimm had voted with Republican leadership on all the GOP funding bills leading up to the shutdown – a record that Grimm’s 2014 opponent, Domenic Recchia, is trying to exploit.
“Thank God Congress finally came to its senses and passed a bill that allows us to avert defaulting on our nation’s debt, which would have been catastrophic,” said Recchia.
“While I’m relieved that we have this resolution—looking at this deal, it seems pointless that this shutdown and battle on the brink of economic disaster carried on for 16 days and irresponsibly cost our nation billions of dollars.
Michael Grimm could have chosen to end this shutdown and be a part of the solution over the past 16 days—in fact, he had 16 opportunities to vote for a clean CR, which would have done just that. But, he chose not to lead—he chose to follow the Tea Party down its reckless path and in doing so, he chose his party over the people of this district. In Congress, I’ll be a leader who fights to put the people of this district first, not a political agenda.”
Rep. Gibson, who faces a fierce battle against millionaire Sean Eldridge, voted “yes” on this plan, after supporting all but one of the GOP’s government funding bills that precipitated the shutdown.
“I think it’s really important, at this moment, the government will be up in running, that we pay our bills, that we not default, all the negative consequences,” said Gibson prior to the vote. “So it requires concessions on all sides, including me.”
Eldridge blasted Gibson’s record hours before the vote took place.
“Congressman Gibson claims that he never wanted the shutdown to happen, but unfortunately his rhetoric does not match his record,” said Eldridge. “He voted again and again with his colleagues to shut down the government, and after the shutdown, he refused to support a clean resolution that would have reopened the government sooner, despite the fact that dozens of his Republican colleagues supported such a resolution.”
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