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Congresswoman Duckworth’s Statement on Vote to Reopen Government and Preserve U.S. Credit

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 17, 2013.  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) voted to reopen the government and protect the economy by avoiding a U.S. credit default. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. Duckworth released the following statement.

“For the past 16 days my neighbors and all Americans needlessly suffered from a government shutdown and fear of a U.S. default on our national debt. Small businesses in my district had SBA loans and contracts with the government delayed. Federal employees who honorably serve our country went without paychecks and Veterans had many of their programs suspended. Tragically, even death benefits for family members of our fallen military heroes were put on hold. The American people deserve better.

It was absolutely essential that Congress vote to reopen our government and raise the debt ceiling and I am relieved that we can move forward as a nation. Now, the real work of creating a budget that invests in our economy and reduces the national debt begins. We must invest in our nation’s transportation and infrastructure. We can pass immigration reform that is supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people. We can cut waste and fraud at the Pentagon and in Medicare to help reduce the deficit. I look forward to continuing to reach across the aisle and finding solutions to our nation’s challenges. There were no winners in this unnecessary fight, only more burdens placed on the American people.  I am committed to working with everyone to get some wins for the hardworking people of the 8th Congressional District.”

Source: duckworth.house.gov

 

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