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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Votes to Reopen Government, Avoid Default

Oct 16, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Budget Committee, today released the following statement after voting to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, thus avoiding a disastrous default by the United States.  The government had been closed for 16 days.

“The adults in Congress have finally taken our government back, but not before we have done needless damage to our economy and the public’s faith in the democratic process. While I am pleased we have come to a pragmatic and bipartisan solution, we cannot continue to lurch from one manufactured crisis to another and wait until the last minute to act.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve a government that cares more about their needs than Washington-style political gain.  Although we have avoided an economic calamity for now, Congress has failed to produce a budget for the past four years. We will not be able to take needed action on job growth, ending the indiscriminate sequester cuts, or protecting Social Security and Medicare for generations to come unless we make a concerted effort to work together and push the partisan gamesmanship aside.  

“As we move forward on negotiations on a full-year budget, I am hopeful Congress learns from the lessons of this past month and puts country over ideology.”