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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on Bipartisan Deal to Reopen Government, Avoid Default

Oct 16, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC [10/16/13] Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-Minn.) released the following statement after voting in favor of a bipartisan deal to reopen the entire government and avoid a catastrophic default.

“This situation was completely avoidable and no one should be patting themselves on the back about doing the basic work of government: keeping it open and paying our bills on time. This reckless shutdown led by the Tea Party fringe accomplished nothing except damaging our reputation abroad, costing our economy billions, and hurting hardworking middle class Americans.

“Hopefully this experience will serve as a lesson to the Tea Party that shutting down the government and threatening world economic chaos is no way to conduct business or extract ideological concessions. The American people deserve solutions, not more reckless political games. We must end this cycle of manufactured crisis and get back to doing the work the people sent us here to do, like tackling the debt, creating jobs, growing our economy, and getting a long-term Farm Bill signed into law.”