WASHINGTON, DC (WDTN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans fought the good fight, but did not win. 2 NEWS learned today after talking with local lawmakers, none of them really feels like a winner.
Ohio Republicans did not unite behind the last-minute continuing appropriations bill. In the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner voted in favor of it, but Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mike Turner voted against it. 2 NEWS spoke with Turner who was in Washington.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-10th) said, "Unfortunately the last-minute budget deal did not include the important issue of addressing sequestration. As you know in our community we had 12,000 people furloughed because of sequestration, 8700 that were furloughed as part of the shutdown."
As far as any future budget bill that does not address sequestration Turner says he will again vote "no."
Representative Jim Jordan (R-4th) issued this statement, “Over the past five weeks, I voted more than 15 times to pass very reasonable proposals to fund the government and supported extending the nation’s borrowing authority. Unfortunately, each of these proposals was rejected out of hand by Harry Reid and Senate Democrats, leading to a partial government shutdown that the American people did not want.”
“Our proposals to fund the government and extend America’s borrowing authority contained commonsense ideas like requiring Congress and the White House to fully participate in the health care law, but Senator Reid and President Obama rejected them as too extreme. Only in Washington is forcing politicians to live under the laws they pass considered extreme.”
“We cannot continue to spend more than we take in, as some in Washington fight so hard to do. We must put the federal government on a path to balance its budget and begin paying back some of the $17 trillion debt that is hanging around our economy’s neck. This is the responsibility that today’s leaders have to future generations.”
“The expensive health care law and the crippling national debt will continue to hamper our economic growth until Washington has the courage to enact the bold reforms needed to make a change.”
Republican Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said during a conference call he's ready to reform the tax code. He will be part of the budget conference set to take place December 13.
"We need to get working on it right away and I've already begun that process in reaching out to some of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. We have very little time and a lot of do," said Portman.
Both senators Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown voted in favor of last night's deal. Portman said it's good that government reopened, but he's disappointed the legislation did nothing to address the problem of overspending. Both Portman and Brown agree the country should never again be put in a position like it was this month.
"This is a disaster for our country, it was, and it would have been worse if it hadn't been fixed last night,
but we can't let this happen again," said Senator Brown (D-Ohio).
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