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Wed October 16, 2013
NH's Congressional Delegation Applauds Deal To End Shutdown
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is applauding a deal reached by Senate leadership to raise the debt ceiling and bring an end to the partial government shutdown.
Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Ayotte, a Republican, says the shutdown went on far too long.
“And that’s why I’m glad we got out of our trenches, that we’re resolving this, that we are moving on. And I’m hoping that we can solve the greater fiscal challenges facing the nation by coming together.”
Ayotte has been critical of GOP efforts to link defunding of the Affordable Care Act to reopening the government.
The shutdown has led to nearly two dozen campgrounds being closed in the White Mountain National Forest during peak foliage season.
Other members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation have released statements supportive of the deal.
In a statement, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said, “I’m glad that we have found common ground on a bipartisan plan to reopen the government and make sure our country pays its bills. But make no mistake about it – small businesses, jobs and our economy have suffered greatly as a result of a crisis that was manufactured by a small number of individuals over the past two-and-a-half weeks. "
And 2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster said, “While today’s breakthrough is a critical step forward, Congress shouldn’t pat itself on the back for ending a manufactured crisis it created in the first place. The partisan brinksmanship we’ve seen in recent weeks has hurt families and businesses all across New Hampshire."
1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says she will support the deal.
“I will support this legislation. I am hopeful that obstructionists in the House of Representatives yield to reason and support the bipartisan Senate plan to end the government shutdown, avoid default, and refocus on economic growth.
“For two weeks, the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party has held the American government and economy hostage in a futile attempt to obstruct the Affordable Care Act," Shea-Porter said in a statement. "This is an unacceptable way to govern."