Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement today after voting for legislation to open the government and end the government shutdown crafted by Democrats and supported by Senate Republicans and ensure that America can pay her bills:
"Since the onset of this manufactured crisis, I went to the floor of the House more than 50 times to speak and to advocate on behalf of our veterans, children, seniors, working families, and the dedicated civil servants who provide the services and benefits that help millions of Americans and who were hurt by the irresponsible and reckless shutdown of the government.
"In addition, I introduced H. Res. 375, a resolution putting the House of Representatives squarely on record against the now discredited tactic of conditioning the resolution of fiscal and budgetary disputes on the taking of action relating to non-germane legislative matters, including the repeal or modification of a duly enacted law. This resolution has already attracted many co-sponsors and I will be working to secure more support for it in the weeks ahead.
"The size of tonight's vote (285-144) shows that the shutdown would never had occurred had Speaker Boehner allowed a vote on the clean continuing resolution as was requested of him 16 days ago.
"There was absolutely no reason for putting the country through this ordeal, which cost our economy $24 billion, led to the furloughing of 800,000 federal employees, caused untold economic harm to communities all across the country, put at risk the nation's credit worthiness, and threatened a global recession. I believe that those responsible for the damage caused by the shutdown owe the American people an apology.
"I am hopeful that the strong bipartisan votes tonight by the House and Senate will persuade the Tea Party faction in the House to abandon their futile and wasteful efforts to repeal, delay, or impede the Affordable Care Act, which is the law of the land and is here to stay.
"In addition to reopening the government and ensuring that America can pay its bills, and maintains the full faith and credit of our nation, the legislation passed this evening establishes a budget conference that is required to report recommendations by December 13, 2013 on a plan that ends sequestration, creates jobs, and spurs economic growth.
To earn my support that plan must provide a balance plan for making necessary investments in education, transportation, infrastructure, technology, homeland security, and space exploration. It must also keep faith with our veterans, seniors, children, working families, and move America forward. "