Oct 16, 2013
03:29 PM
Connecticut Politics

Blumenthal, Murphy Say Government Deal No Reason to Celebrate

A bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and agreement for a continuing resolution to keep the nation from defaulting on its debt is not a cause for celebration, both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators said ahead of a vote on such legislation Wednesday.

“Nobody should be doing an end zone dance about this deal, it should be a basic expectation of government that the doors stay open and the bills are paid,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, said in a conference call with reporters.

Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal agreed that the shutdown was a devastating loss to the American people, as well as a loss for Tea Party Republicans.

“There are no winners here, there are absolutely no winners," Blumenthal said. "The real loser was America, which has been damaged, and some people seriously, by this self-inflicted unnecessary wound, and we need to learn from this disarray and dysfunction that the kind of hostage taking tactics imposed by a right-wing extremist fringe simply do damage with ripple effects well beyond Washington.”

While the formal bill to end the shutdown has not yet been voted on, preliminary language re-opens the government and extends the debt ceiling for another three months.

“What is remarkable, is that after two weeks of a shutdown, Tea Party Republicans got nothing out of this deal," Murphy said. "Zilch. Nada. Zero. And if there is any thin silver lining to this two week fiasco, it’s that hopefully the tea party has recognized that they cannot advance their political aims by bringing the economy to its knees.”



Blumenthal, Murphy Say Government Deal No Reason to Celebrate

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