October 11, 2013

Kaine Statement on House Republicans' Continued Insistence to Keep Government Shut

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the proposal announced by House Republicans yesterday:

"I am happy to see Republicans in the House of Representatives move away from jeopardizing America's full faith and credit by repudiating default as a negotiating strategy.  But, their continued insistence that government remain shut is wrong.  By refusing to negotiate on a budget compromise since March, the House guaranteed that shutdown would occur.  This has caused huge pain to Virginians, their businesses and communities.  We need to press forward and find a deal that re-opens government, affirms our fiscal responsibilities and finally begins the budget negotiation process."