Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 17, 2013

Texas legislators reaction to Congress passing budget deal


Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Congress passed legislation late Wednesday to avoid a threatened national default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown. Both of Texas' U.S. senators voted against the bill. All of Texas' Democrats in the U.S. House voted for the bill; all of the state's Republicans opposed it.

Here is some of the reaction from Texas' congressional delegation:

"This is a terrible deal today. It is a terrible deal for the American people. But, at the same time. if the American people continue to rise up, we're going to turn this around. We're going to restore jobs, we're going to restore economic growth, we're going to restore the ability of people struggling to climb the ladder and achieve the American dream, and we're going to stop the number-one job killer in this country that is Obamacare."

--U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican.

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"Self-imposed shutdowns and threats to default on our debts are not the way forward for the leader of the free world. When we allow extremely abnormal tactics to become the norm, we do more than place the full faith and credit of the United States at risk, we put our very way of life in jeopardy. We must compromise for the good of our country before we compromise the greatness of our country."

--U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston.

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"After sixteen long days for the 140,000 furloughed Texans and the thousands of Americans affected by the government shutdown, the Senate and the House finally voted to fund the government, get folks back to work, and pay our nation's bills. In the past couple of weeks, the American economy lost $24 billion before partisan politics were put aside. Today's vote proves that when Congress puts the American people first, Republicans and Democrats can work together and get things done. "

--U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.

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"I hope the President and the supporters of this deal are sincere about wanting to cut spending and reform the budget, but based on past actions I'm not willing to wager our nation's fiscal future on words alone. This vote represents the end of the 2nd quarter, not the end of the game. When we come out of half time, I will continue fighting to make sure both parties get serious about the nation's spending problem. We need to continue to push for fiscal sanity and make sure Washington is responsible with your money."

--U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

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"Not only as a Congressman, but as the father of an 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, I cannot, in good conscience, support an unconditional increase in the national debt ceiling without any plan or commitment to begin dealing with the debt today. Later no longer suffices."

--U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas.