Braley Statement on House Vote to Reopen Government, Avert Default

Oct 16, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Braley Statement on House Vote to Reopen Government, Avert Default

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after the US House voted to reopen the government and avert a first-ever default of the United States:

“Congress should be working every day to help our economic recovery, not to jeopardize it. That’s why I voted tonight for a bipartisan agreement that ends the threat to the Iowa economy by reopening the federal government and ensuring the United States pays its bills.

“Governing-by-crisis does nothing to create jobs or strengthen the economy. Iowa job creators need more certainty and stability, not endless partisan politics in Washington.

“Congress should immediately turn its attention to getting a new Farm Bill passed into law, which will help create jobs and grow the agriculture economy in Iowa. Action on this important priority is long overdue. In the coming days, I will be fighting to get this important job done.”

For the last 16 days, Braley has been focused on common sense efforts to protect Iowa’s economy and end the threat of the government shutdown.

On 35 separate occasions since the shutdown began, Braley has voted for both Democratic and Republican proposals to reopen all or part of the government. That puts Braley among only 5 percent of the House to consistently support bipartisan ideas to end the shutdown and get Iowans back to work.

BACKGROUND: BRALEY FIGHTS FOR COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS TO END SHUTDOWN

Among 431 voting Members of the House of Representatives today, Rep. Braley has been one of only about 20 that are supporting both Republican AND Democratic efforts to reopen all or part of the government.  In other words, while 95% of Congress is voting party-line, Rep. Braley is part of the 5% willing to reach across party lines and vote to reopen the government and put people back to work, no matter whose idea it is.  The following outlines efforts that Rep. Braley has supported to either partially or fully reopen the government, often putting him in the extreme minority of Members willing to vote across party lines.

Date

Action

Roll Call #

Whose Effort?

October 1, 2013:

Voted to fund veterans benefits

506

Republican Effort

October 1, 2013:

Voted to allow continued use of local municipal funds for Washington, D.C.

507

Republican Effort

October 1, 2013:

Voted to fund National Parks and museums

508

Republican Effort

October 2, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

509

Democratic Effort

October 2, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

512

Democratic Effort

October 2, 2013:

Voted to fund National Parks and museums

513

Republican Effort

October 2, 2013:

Voted to fund the National Institutes for Health

514

Republican Effort

October 3, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

515

Democratic Effort

October 3, 2013:

Voted to pay the Guard and Reserve

516

Republican Effort

October 3, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

517

Democratic Effort

October 3, 2013:

Voted to fund veterans benefits

518

Republican Effort

October 4, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

519

Democratic Effort

October 4, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

521

Democratic Effort

October 4, 2013:

Voted to fund FEMA

522

Republican Effort

October 4, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

523

Democratic Effort

October 4, 2013:

Voted to fund food assistance for Women, Infants and Children

524

Republican Effort

October 5, 2013:

Voted to provide backpay to furloughed workers

525

Republican Effort

October 5, 2013:

Voted to continue religious services for members of the military and their families

526

Republican Effort

October 7, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

527

Democratic Effort

October 7, 2013:

Voted to fund the Food and Drug Administration

528

Republican Effort

October 8, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

529

Democratic Effort

October 8, 2013:

Voted to fund Head Start

530

Republican Effort

October 8, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

531

Democratic Effort

October 8, 2013:

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

533

Democratic Effort

October 8, 2013:

Voted to allow federal employees to be paid on time

535

Republican Effort

October 9, 2013

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

536

Democratic Effort

October 9, 2013

Voted to fund the Federal Aviation Administration

537

Republican Effort

October 9, 2013

Voted to provide death benefits for military families

538

Republican Effort

October 10, 2013

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

539

Democratic Effort

October 10, 2013

Voted to fund border security and customs operations

540

Republican Effort

October 11, 2013

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

541

Democratic Effort

October 11, 2013

Voted to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration

542

Republican Effort

October 11, 2013

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

543

Democratic Effort

October 14, 2013

Voted to bring up the clean Senate Budget Bill to reopen entire government

547

Democratic Effort

October 14, 2013

Voted to fund the Bureaus of Indian Affairs, Indian Education, and the Indian Health Service

548

Republican Effort