Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the statement below as the House began consideration of a bipartisan Senate agreement to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.
"This is not an ideal solution, but it is the most reasonable and responsible one available at this time. All the same, the House should have been allowed to work its will on this matter 16 days ago in order to avoid a needless government shutdown and default crisis. It is my sincere hope that reasonable men and women prevail in the House and Senate today. Hard-working Americans, businesses, and the rest of the world can ill afford more dithering and political infighting in the Congress.
"Part of this compromise is that a budget conference committee be convened and produce results by December 13th of this year. I urge my colleagues to help the conference committee adopt a long-term government funding solution. I've said a number of times that compromise is an honorable word. That belief used to be the foundation of everything we did here and should be again. To repeat history for failure of having learned from it would be a terrible outcome in light what's happened these past three weeks.
"I urge my colleagues to support this compromise, get the government open, prevent a default, and get Americans back to work."