Walden only 'no' vote in Ore., Wash. on deal to reopen government
PORTLAND, Ore. - Everyone in Oregon's congressional delegation voted for the bill to reopen the government Wednesday night except Rep. Greg Walden, R-District 2.
Walden is Oregon's sole Republican in the state's delegation.
After the vote, he issued the following statement:
"This plan temporary plan does nothing to address the epic problem: spending borrowed money we don"t have and cannot sustain. It kicks the can down the road yet again for only three months, and we'll be right back where we ended up this week. Enough is enough. Every day, families throughout Oregon and the country sit down around their kitchen tables to balance their budgets and discuss crises and practical ways to resolve them. It's long overdue that Washington, D.C. do the same."
In the state of Washington, every member of Congress voted in favor of the bill, including southwest Washington's Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.
There were more than 150 "no" votes among Republican members of Congress in Wednesday night's voting, but the four GOP members in Washington state all supported the bill.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a GOP leader in the House who represents eastern Washington, said in a statement that House Republicans remain united and will continue working to fix what she described as an "out-of-control government." She said the House GOP had tried to work to protect people from President Barack Obama's health care law and tried to bring the nation's debt under control.
"Our government cannot work unless both parties talk and work together to find common ground and common sense solutions," McMorris Rodgers said in a statement. "It's my hope that today's bill will be the start of serious negotiations and pragmatic solutions to provide fairness for all."
House Republicans sparked the crisis on Oct. 1 when they refused to fund the government unless Obama agreed to defund or delay his health care law. The government shutdown was soon overshadowed when House Republicans also refused to up the government's borrowing authority so the U.S. could pay its bills, raising the specter of a catastrophic default.
Obama refused to budge, proclaiming repeatedly that he would not pay a "ransom" in order to get Congress to pass routine legislation.
Herrera Beutler expressed her skepticism this week of the House GOP negotiating strategy. She said in a statement after Wednesday night's vote that "it's time to end the practice of governing by moving from crisis to crisis."
"Congress must find a more effective way to fight wasteful spending and provide better health care solutions, and I look forward to working with both parties toward those goals," she said.
The agreement gives the parties some time to negotiate a broader spending plan. The government will remain open through Jan. 15 and the deadline for default on debts is now Feb. 7.