Rep. Robert Hurt's office news release
Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) released the following statement after his vote on the Senate proposal to address the current lapse in government operations and the looming debt limit deadline:
"I am very grateful for the many constituents who have contacted our offices over recent weeks. I share the relief of the American people in knowing that the federal government will resume its normal operations and that we have avoided the consequences of a breach of our debt limit. However, I was unable to support the Senate spending and debt limit legislation because it failed to impose even the most modest spending reform.
am disappointed that the Senate's complete refusal to negotiate with the House
has resulted in leaving the voices of Fifth District Virginians without a seat
or a say at the conference room table. Under our Constitution, it is the
obligation of both the House and the Senate to participate in the legislative
decision-making that relates to our nation's spending and our national debt.
Sadly, however, prior to the introduction of the House's first spending
proposal back on September 20, 2013, the President and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid stated loudly and clearly that there would be absolutely no
negotiation with the House on any spending or debt limit legislation.
"And now, 26 days later, the President and the Senate have succeeded in defeating every single House proposal for reform and defeating every single House effort to reopen the federal government during recent weeks. Indeed, they have gotten exactly what they wanted – a continuation of a spending and borrowing policy that has resulted in a $17 trillion national debt – a debt that amounts to $123,000 for every working American.
"Now we must turn to the future. We have three months before we as a nation will again face the exact same deadlines we have put behind us today. It is my hope and prayer that the President will engage immediately and in good faith with members of both the House and the Senate to put in place serious reforms that will address the looming debt crisis that threatens the future for our children and our grandchildren."