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Federal government shutdown ends, Congressman Walberg votes against measure

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - Both the United States House and Senate last night approved and the President early today signed a measure that has reopened the government at least until January 15th and permits the government to borrow through February 7th of next year. The deal is viewed as a victory for the White House.  They are getting what they want and giving up little, but there won’t be any overt celebrations.  The Debt Limit and the budget are only being extended past the holidays.

Branch County’s representative in the House, 7th District Republican Congressman Tim Walberg, held his ground and voted no on the compromise. Walberg’s office issued a statement on the Congressman’s vote….“While I am accepting of the fact that we need to move beyond this battle, I remain disappointed that the President and Senate Democrats failed to negotiate in good faith with the House to find a long term solution to many of these issues. Washington now needs to move past this gridlock and instead focus on policies that will create jobs and a healthy economy. Addressing the status quo of trillion dollar deficits, a weak economy, and a health care law that is unfair and harmful to families and our economy needs to remain at the forefront of Congressional efforts to find positive solutions."                                            

 Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow blamed Tea Party Republicans for endangering the country’s credit rating with a manufactured crisis.  She hopes they have learned that it doesn’t work, and in fact results in lasting damage to not only the country, but the institution of Congress, and their own party.

The Democrat candidate aiming to unseat Walberg in the 7th District , Pam Byrnes, spoke at a party fundraiser last night in Coldwater and told the gathering of more than 60 people at the Coldwater Township Hall that a recent poll shows her pretty much dead even right now with Walberg.