Rep. Zoe Lofgren on Bipartisan Compromise Bill's Passage to Reopen the Government & Raise the Debt Ceiling

October 16, 2013
Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.) released the following statement following a vote by the House of Representatives on a bipartisan bill to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling:

"It's been a long 16 days, especially for those Americans directly impacted by the shutdown. From day one the solution was simple: allow Democrats and Republicans to work together to achieve consensus and pass a bipartisan bill to reopen the government and to prevent default on the nation's debts.

Instead, Republicans insisted on forcing the first government shutdown in fifteen years over the healthcare reform law. Their strategy was reckless, irresponsible and damaging. Now at the eleventh hour the House voted to pass the responsible bipartisan approach we need to open the government again and not default on the full faith and credit of the United States.

I hope a key lesson for Congress is that it's good to allow Democrats and Republicans to work together for the good of our country. This is how Americans want to see Congress work. I hope House leaders will use this newfound bipartisan approach to tackle the challenges we still face such as fixing our broken immigration system and growing our economy."

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