This afternoon, Senator Joe Donnelly spoke with members of the Indiana media to discuss the Senate's bipartisan agreement that would reopen the federal government and ensure the country continues to pay its bills. He also discussed his role as one of 14 senators from both parties who worked on a bipartisan framework that helped break the gridlock.
When asked about what he heard from Hoosiers about the shutdown, Senator Donnelly said they were asking Congress to get back to work. He said, "Every day we spent working on this was one day we couldn't be working on putting more Hoosiers into additional employment. This country works best when every mom and dad is working and has a chance to take care of their kids and their families. And that's my focus, and I think that's what everybody back home wants. Look: run the shop, run it right, keep the spending down, create more jobs."
Additional comments from the call follow.
"I approach this job that I have been given the honor of having with the common sense we have as Hoosiers, the common sense that I pledged to bring to the U.S. Senate if I was elected last year. And that means working with both parties to get things done, it means working to be a constructive part of the process. This is what people of Indiana expect from me and what I try to do every day.
"I have for the past few weeks been a part of a group of now 14 senators 6 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 7 Republicans who have met several times over the past couple of weeks to putting together a bipartisan framework to get the government operating and ensure we continue to pay our bills. This is about the jobs in Indiana, making sure we don't have any interruptions in creating more jobs, about our families making ends meet. It's about our economy. It's about our nation's reputation.
"I think we need more people focused on what's best for Indiana, what's best for our nation, and less about what's best in politics. This is not about Democrat, this is not about Republican, it's about America. That's what Hoosiers sent me here to do, and that's what I have tried to do the past few weeks and since my first day in office."