Representative David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement today after news that Senate negotiators had reached a deal to avert default and to end the government shutdown, which House Republicans precipitated in order to extract political concessions.
"While I am pleased House Republicans are finally allowing Congress to act to end the shutdown and avert default on our debts, I cannot help but ask: "Why did Republicans put the American people through this?'
"This manufactured crisis was unnecessary, reckless and irresponsible, and it has had real consequences for the people of our state. North Carolinians were furloughed and denied the services their tax dollars fund. Critical research was brought to a screeching halt, and every American will feel the effects of slower economic growth and higher interest rates because of Republicans' willingness to shut down the government and risk the full faith and credit of the United States. I am hopeful that this fiasco will be a turning point for House Republicans and prompt a return to regular order.
"At a minimum, this much is clear: we must stop governing by crisis, with one political party threatening to shut down our economy, our government and our legislative process in order to extract political concessions. Such tactics are unworthy of our country and of any party that would claim to govern."