Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted for passage of the FY2013 Continuing Appropriations bill and released the following statement on her vote:
"The Continuing Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives today was disappointing and is far from perfect. However, the gridlock must end and it will take both parties working together to do so. I supported the bill today because it provides important funds for our men and women serving overseas, our military-related jobs in Hawai"i, and it works to avert a government shutdown, protecting our economy from yet another self-manufactured crisis.
"There is still much work to be done to ensure we are protecting and serving those most in need. I will continue to push for a common-sense plan that strikes a balance between targeted spending cuts and closing unfair tax loopholes for special interests. I'm hopeful the Senate will improve upon this bill and a final bipartisan compromise can be reached to ensure the government remains open at the end of the month. Congress must act responsibly to move our country and economy beyond this uncertainty."