Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz joined a bipartisan group in voting for a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, preventing our nation from defaulting on its loans.
"This shutdown caused terrible, unnecessary pain for Hawaii families, and we are all relieved that it is nearly over," said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. "It's time for Congress to get back to work, and focus on helping the middle class.
"We've got lots of work to do and simply re-opening the government and preventing default are not legislative achievements -- this is the bare minimum to keep the country running. Now we need to move quickly and aggressively on to our major national issues -- economic recovery, clean energy growth, immigration reform, and college affordability. This has been a waste of time that has hurt the American people and threatened our country's reputation. Let's get back to work."