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Rothfus, Toomey vote against shutdown lifter

Published by Tim McNulty on .

US Rep. Keith Rothfus of Sewickley joined three other Pa Republicans in voting against last night's lifting of the government shutdown, while local Rs Tim Murphy and Mike Kelly voted in favor. All Dems voted aye as well.

Marino, Perry and Pitts were the other nays. GOP US Sen Pat Toomey voted against the compromise too -- he was one of 18 Rs voting against, with 27 voting in favor.

Here is the NYT House roll call.

Statements on the votes below.

From Rothfus:

"Like many Western Pennsylvanians, I am frustrated with the constant governing by crisis in Washington, D.C.," said Rothfus. "I am disappointed that President Obama and Senator Reid refused to negotiate on reforms to address our nation's nearly $17 trillion national debt and the special deal for senators and representatives.

"The lesson that should be learned is that elected officials in Washington, D.C. must come together and negotiate before the eleventh hour. My hope is that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are now ready to sit down and do the important work of the American people: address the deficit, find a better way on health care reform, and get the economy booming again."

From Murphy:

"After weeks of effort in the House to convince the President and Senate to work with us, this evening the Congress passed legislation to end the shutdown and prevent a government default. This bill is not perfect, but it does adhere to critically important principles: it does not increase spending; it does not raise taxes; and it requires the Administration to verify eligibility of those seeking taxpayer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. No longer negotiating under crisis, the House and Senate now have breathing room to confront the major challenges ahead, and by no means do we give up on our efforts to get spending under control or stop working on the problems with the President's healthcare law."

From Kelly:

"The American people deserve and demand a fully functioning government that lives up to its responsibilities. They also rightly demand that their government treat every taxpayer fairly under the law. That is what the past several weeks have been all about. That's why the House acted multiple times to keep the government open in the first place and seized every opportunity to protect Americans from the unfair effects of the president's health care law along the way. While the fight for fairness under Obamacare will endure beyond tonight, Americans can now rest assured that the federal shutdown is over and that a devastating default will not happen. Tonight's agreement will allow my colleagues and I in Congress to resume the paramount tasks of bolstering job growth, making our outdated tax code fairer and simpler, and finally getting our historically high debt under control. Regardless of the disagreements that persist between the parties and branches here in Washington, it's time to get back to work and focus on meeting the challenges ahead."

And Toomey:

"The one major redeeming aspect of this bill is that it reopens the government," said Senator Toomey. "I disagreed with the plan to make funding the government contingent on defunding Obamacare and I am glad this bill will get the shutdown behind us. But I cannot support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without even a sliver of reform to start putting our fiscal house in order."

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