Congressman Gibbs Statement on the Senate Amendment Vote

October 16, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement regarding the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2775, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.

“We have now entered into the third week of the government shutdown and throughout this time the nation has lost confidence in Congress’ ability to govern in the best interest of the American people. During the shutdown the House passed over fourteen bills that would reopen the government piece by piece along with four additional bills that would fully fund the government by enacting policies to fix our underlying problems that are driving our deficit spending and economic stagnation.

“This evening I voted against the Senate amendment because it does not address our country’s reckless spending.  As the saying goes, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ By continuing to raise the debt ceiling over and over again without cutting spending or enacting necessary reforms, we will never change the current path that our country is on. I voted against this bill after much consideration and consultation with hundreds of constituents. I was sent to Washington to represent the people of Ohio’s 7th District and they believe it is time to stop the irresponsible policies that have led us to this government shutdown and possible default.”