Washington, D.C. – The House bipartisan working group spearheading the effort to resolve the fiscal impasse in Washington issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a deal to reopen the government and avoid a default on the nation's debts:
"On day one of the government shutdown, we joined together not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans deeply committed to resolving this impasse and avoiding a self-inflicted economic wound that would devastate families across the country. As it became clear that partisanship – and not problem solving – would dominate the discussion in Washington, we were joined by pragmatic, like-minded leaders on both sides of the aisle. In informal talks, we were able to put our differences aside and develop a potential solution.
We applaud our Senate colleagues for working together to come up with a solution. Now it is time for Congress to act to get the government open and avoid further roiling the markets. We look forward to continuing our bipartisan discussions with the goal of putting forth a long-term deficit reduction agreement to get our fiscal house in order and finding other areas of cooperation."
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) and Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced the formation of a House bipartisan working group with 18 of their colleagues on Thursday, October 3. Since that announcement, the working group has expanded and continued to work to break the impasse. Members of the working group endorsing the above statement include:
House Republicans: Rep. Lou Barletta, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, Rep. Jim Gerlach, Rep. Chris Gibson, Rep. Michael Grimm, Rep. Richard Hanna, Rep. David Joyce, Rep. Pete King, Rep. Leonard Lance, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Jon Runyan, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Rep. Don Young.
House Democrats: Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Ron Barber, Rep. Dan Maffei, Rep. Brad Schneider, Rep. Mike McIntyre, ep. John Barrow, Rep. Jim Matheson, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Rep. Ami Bera, Rep. Bill Owens, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Jim Moran, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Kurt Schrader, Rep. Dan Lipinski, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Janice Hahn.
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