U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released the following statement after tonight's bipartisan 81-18 Senate vote to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic damage of a national default:
"I am relieved and pleased that the Senate finally came together in a bipartisan, responsible way to end the shutdown and avert more hardship for families and our economy. Now Congress needs to get back to what it should have been focusing on all along--working together to help businesses create jobs and developing a budget that continues to invest in the future while reducing the deficit.
"It is unacceptable that a small group of Tea Party Republicans shut down the government and once again endangered our nation's credit rating because they were unwilling to work in a bipartisan way to solve problems. Creating manufactured crises like this disrupts economic growth and creates tremendous uncertainty for businesses and families. These harmful tactics must come to an end.
"Bipartisan cooperation to solve problems is possible. We brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill in the Senate that helps create jobs and cuts spending. Now that the shutdown is over, Congress needs to work across the aisle to strengthen our economy and reduce the deficit. Passing a bipartisan Farm Bill would be a great first step."