Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the House Budget Committee, this evening released the following statement after voting for a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown and avert a debt default:
“For the past 16 days, countless innocent New Mexicans have suffered due to an irresponsible and completely avoidable government shutdown. Today, Congress voted to end that suffering, prevent further harm and return to the work our constituents sent us here to do.
“This bipartisan agreement reopens the government, puts furloughed New Mexicans back to work, prevents furloughs at Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs and averts a catastrophic debt default.
“In addition, this agreement puts us on a path to negotiate a longer-term budget that replaces sequestration’s damaging cuts with a balanced approach to deficit reduction and that reflects the priorities that matter most to New Mexicans: creating good-paying jobs and growing the economy.
“The last few weeks have proven beyond a doubt that recklessly shutting down the government and sabotaging the economy is simply not a responsible way to govern. New Mexicans expect and deserve a Congress where Democrats and Republicans respect and value each other’s ideas – even if they are vastly different – and want to work together.”