Rep. Kelly Votes to End Shutdown & Avert Default

Rep. Kelly: “It’s time to get back to work”


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement tonight in support of the Senate amendment to H.R. 2775, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, bipartisan legislation to end the partial government shutdown and avert a national debt default. The bill will fully fund all government operations until January, 15, 2014, and raise the nation’s debt limit through February 7, 2014. It will also instruct the formation of a bicameral conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate budget plans and ultimately forge a broad agreement by December 13, 2013. The legislation was passed this evening by both the Senate (81-18) and the House of Representatives (285-144).

“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agreement will allow my colleagues and I in Congress to resume the paramount tasks of bolstering job growth, making our outdated tax code fairer and simpler, and finally getting our historically high debt under control.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.”