Maloney Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Plan to Open Government and Avoid Default
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney strongly supported the bipartisan Senate deal to finally end the government shutdown and budget crisis which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 285-144. Although it was opposed by the majority of House Republicans, this deal would deliver back-pay to furloughed federal workers, require income verification for people seeking health-insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act and avert Tea Party’s threat of the nation’s first-ever default on U.S. debt. In addition, this bill would ensure that Members of Congress do not receive a pay increase next year.
“I strongly support this bipartisan deal to end the Tea Party standoff, bring folks back to work, pay our bills and start addressing our long-term budget issues. Although I am happy that a reasonable bipartisan solution finally prevailed, there is little reason to celebrate the Washington dysfunction that caused an unnecessary shutdown and a manufactured economic crisis. My neighbors in the Hudson Valley should never again be forced to pay the price for a reckless and irresponsible crisis created by a handful of Tea Party extremists,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.