"A government shutdown would deny Americans the services they pay for, stall critical government investigations, and chip away at our economic growth. While I voted to avoid this scenario today, it is disgraceful these temporary funding measures are taking the place of a real strategy to create jobs, grow the economy, and overcome our long term fiscal challenges.
"Those who argue the cuts in today's resolution do not go far enough have misguided priorities. We need immediate economic growth and long term deficit reduction, not cuts that only serve to cripple essential services and eliminate hundreds of thousands of American jobs today. If the Republican Leadership is serious about deficit reduction, Congress should take a serious look at the ongoing tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, frivolous taxpayer subsidies for the oil industry, and corporate loopholes that move jobs offshore."