Congressman Ben Ray Luján issued the following statement after casting his vote with the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to end the shutdown and avert default:
“While I would have preferred legislation that extends the debt limit for a longer period of time and that funds the government at a higher level, this represents a compromise that will finally end the government shutdown that has hurt families in New Mexico and protect the full faith and credit of our nation by ensuring we do not default for the first time in history. This legislation, while not perfect, will ensure that New Mexico’s national labs stay open, furloughed employees can get back on the job, and that services for the most vulnerable will no longer be delayed.
“It is deeply disappointing that once again, manufactured crises have taken a toll on our economy and on the day-to-day lives of people in New Mexico who have had to go without a paycheck or the benefits they count on. I am hopeful that we can move forward, having learned a lesson that holding the country hostage over government funding and the threat of default is reckless and irresponsible. It’s time to get to work on a budget that addresses the arbitrary cuts of the sequester and puts our country on a path forward that will grow our economy and lead to job creation.”