U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below today regarding the Senate's passage of legislation to end the government shutdown and avoid a default:
"This shutdown and near-default crisis was entirely unnecessary and has harmed our economy and our reputation in the world. I'm glad that the Senate was able to craft a bipartisan plan to move past the crisis, so we can turn to the real issues facing our country: creating jobs, supporting the middle class, and fighting climate change. But we also can't forget: we must never again allow extremist hostage-taking to create this disruption. As Rhode Island continues recovering from the recession, we can't afford these stratagems."