What they’re saying on the shutdown/debt deal

From House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:

John Boehner“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare. That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us. In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts. With our nation’s economy still struggling under years of the president’s policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue. We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.”

From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

Barbara Boxer“Bipartisanship in the Senate is leading America out of a painful, partisan, self-inflicted crisis. Relief doesn’t begin to describe my feelings at this moment in history as the Senate came together not a moment too soon.

“During the 16-day government shutdown I worked to show through my committee chairmanship and as a Senator of the largest state in the country just how painful the shutdown has been to millions of Americans, and how we should never again go through another government shutdown or even a flirtation with a devastating default.

“There are many issues that divide Republicans and Democrats, but the one thing I trust this outcome ensures is that we will always keep the government open, pay our bills and work together.”

From Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose:

honda.jpg“I am pleased that cooler heads in the Senate have prevailed with a bipartisan deal that allows the federal government to reopen, albeit temporarily, and removes the specter of reaching the debt ceiling until February.

“Obstructionist Tea Party Republicans held the government and the American people hostage for sixteen days and threatened the full faith and credit of the United States, all in a misguided, failed effort to deny millions of Americans access to healthcare. This process has done lasting damage to the public’s trust in Congress, as governing should not involve lurching from one manufactured crisis to the next in the hopes of extracting concessions in exchange for not destroying the economy.

“Today’s agreement sets a winter deadline that some may use to take us to the brink yet again. I believe we must permanently reform this process, and will be working to build support among my colleagues for my legislation, H.R. 233, that will end the brinksmanship and threat of default by creating a smooth process for raising the debt limit. This is the kind of structural change we need for economic stability in the future.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Every time I see Barbara Boxer I want to puke.

  • JohnW

    Don’t let us stop you. Unlike the House GOP pyromaniacs, the worst is that you will puke on yourself, not on the whole country.

  • JohnW

    GOP is against taxes, but they just imposed the worst kind of tax, a $24 billion tax on economic growth.

    All punditry to the contrary, the Tea Party is winning the war. Their goal isn’t really to undo Obamacare, to cut Medicare spending (which 70% of Tea Partiers don’t want touched), or fix deficits. Their recent antics are just an extension of the GOP “starve the beast” by reducing taxes strategy and Grover Norquist’s goal of shrinking government until it’s small enough to go down the bathtub drain. Creating chaos is just a way of undermining public confidence in anything government does, so that people will demand less and less government. During the past two weeks, the Tea Partiers went a long way toward achieving that goal.

  • MichaelB

    The Republicans are to blame..again!
    Obama has been taxing/hindering economic growth ever since he’s been in office with his central planning/”government knows what’s best” agenda.
    Why should the public have confidence in politicians who want to “spread your wealth around” and lecture you that you really “did not build” your own business?

  • Elwood

    Gee, John, you sound like you’re quoting from the Saul Alinsky play book.

  • nr_buckeye

    Boehner sure has not aged well since that picture was taken.