Congressman John B. Larson released the following statement tonight after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. Under the deal, the government would be funded through January 15th while the debt ceiling would be raised through February 7th:
“Tonight, Congress finally came to grips with what the American people have demanded and did its job. The government is funded and our debts are paid…for the time being. Let us hope that hostage politics are over and rational minds prevail.
“I applaud the President for his patience and persistence in paying the bills and not being held ransom by an ideological agenda of the few.
“It’s long overdue for us to focus on job creation, economic recovery and help for a beleaguered middle class still struggling with access to quality education and affordable healthcare. There is a path forward. Job creation and the dignity of work are neither Democrat nor Republican ideas. They are American. It is time to stand up for America and the people we are sworn to serve.”