U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement announcing his support of the bipartisan plan crafted in the United States Senate to reopen the federal government. Congressman Barrow is urging the budget conferees to use this opportunity to develop a long-term strategy to address our national debt.
"For over two weeks, the shutdown of the federal government has done serious damage to businesses in the 12th District, cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and jeopardized important benefits for veterans," said Congressman Barrow. "While I'm disappointed that this package doesn't do enough to reduce our deficit, I don't think that prolonging the shutdown is the way to go.
"I urge the budget conferees to seize this opportunity to develop a plan that addresses our biggest problem -- deficit spending."