U.S. Sen. Mark Begich welcomed today's proposed resolution of the nearly two-week-long shutdown of the federal government and risk of default. Begich worked across party lines for a solution that resumes essential federal services, maintains America's economic recovery and puts in place a process to continue federal spending cuts to reduce the nation's deficit.
"This shutdown and pushing the global economy to the edge of catastrophic collapse was absolutely unnecessary. Today's bipartisan agreement took too long to reach but shows what's possible when rational members of Congress are willing to put politics aside for the good of the country.
"Late Tuesday night at a telephone town hall, Alaskans reiterated their concerns loud and clear that they want the government open so the companies and individuals that rely on federal services and regulations can get back to work. Thousands of Alaskan families, veterans, small businesses, fishermen, pilots and seniors have been directly affected by this shutdown. I've asked the regulatory agencies to act quickly to issue permits for Alaska industries, such as the Bering Sea crab fishery.
"As soon as this compromise is passed, I look forward to rolling up my sleeves to negotiate with senators and members of Congress of both parties to continue to cut federal spending, make sure the Affordable Care Act works for all Alaskans and create jobs."