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Ohioans in Congress Sound off on Shutdown
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- As federal lawmakers continue to fight the budget battle in Washington, the impact of the resulting government shutdown is being felt here in Ohio.
Below are full or partial statements on the shutdown from Ohioans currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D): The federal government cannot be funded through piecemeal measures that cherry-pick which agencies are funded, which federal workers are subjected to furloughs, and which services are available to Americans. I support an immediate up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed clean continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
I also support the effort to file a discharge petition to force Republican Leadership to bring the Senate-passed clean continuing resolution to the Floor as early as next week. Its time to re-open the federal government and put an end to partisan politics. The American people deserve better.
Rep. Dave Joyce (R): "I've spent the past week working in a bipartisan manner with Democrats and Republicans alike who agree we must reopen the government as soon as possible. I came here to make things work, not shut them down and remain committed to working with both sides to find compromise."
Rep. Bill Johnson (R): "I worked hard to help avoid the government shutdown, and I will continue working with my colleagues in the House to pass legislation to ensure that our basic government functions continue.
"For example, the House passed legislation to ensure that our troops will be funded, that our veterans are cared for, that life-saving clinical trials at NIH continue, that FEMA would be funded, and that women and children who rely on the WIC program to help put food on the table are not impacted by the shutdown.
"Unfortunately, the President and Senate Democrats are not interested in negotiating with Republicans to find a path forward that would reopen government. Their 'my-way or the high-way' approach is not leadership and will only result in a continued shutdown."
Rep. Tim Ryan (D): "John Boehner can end the government shutdown today the moment he allows a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution. There are enough Democrats and moderate Republicans on the record as willing to vote to end the shutdown today. It is the right thing to do for our economy, so I cant figure out why John Boehner refuses to let us vote on a bill that has majority support in the House of Representatives.
"Furthermore, we can have a debate about the Affordable Care Act or any other issue. But those debates should be done with the government open and our bills being paid.
The Tea Party Republicans need to join with the group of reasonable, pragmatic Republican colleagues who have called on them to abandon this reckless and futile attempt to repeal The Affordable Care Act."
Rep. Steve Stivers (R): I am working with both Republican and Democrat members to find a solution to the government spending debate. Both sides have some good ideas, and neither party should get everything they want.
This should be a two-sided conversation with give and take from both parties. We need to work together to find a common-sense solution it is what the American people deserve not having one side ignore the other.