Alaskan Congressman Don Young today voted in support of H.R. 2775, a bipartisan bill to continue funding the federal government through January 15, 2014 while also lifting the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014.
"After weeks of gridlock, today Congress finally broke the stalemate, passing bipartisan legislation to reopen the government, ensure that the United States honors its financial obligations and tightens requirements for new health insurance subsidies to prevent fraud and abuse," said Rep. Young. "I've been here for 18 government shutdowns now and there is plenty of blame to go around -- on both sides of the aisle -- for causing this shutdown, but I think it is important to acknowledge that with a national debt nearing $17 trillion, federal government spending is simply on an unsustainable path, and must be reduced, and that point was largely lost during this shutdown."
"For Congress to function again, we must immediately return to regular order, and pass all of the individual appropriations bills that fund our government. Through these appropriations measures, we can work to reduce the size of government and make targeted cuts and reforms to sprawling agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior and the Forest Service.
"Throughout this shutdown, Congress has regrettably lost more credibility with the American people, but throughout my 40 years in here in Washington, I have remained optimistic and hopeful about our country's future, and I still am. I remain committed to getting back to the business at hand; working to limit the size and scope of government, removing the overbearing rules and regulations that have hampered economic growth and continuing to promote responsible resource development wherever possible.
"Much like the thousands of furloughed employees across the country, I believe it's time for Congress to get back to work, because we owe it to the American people to get this nation back on a sound economic track."