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hand, but the american people will always have the last word. this is not over. we have an obligation to fight for the american people. and i do we have an obligation to fight for the american people. and i do not intend to let the american people down. thank you. question republican senator of mike leigh in utah. 18 to open the federal government and funded through january 15, among other things. that measure now moving over to the u.s. house. fox news talking about the possible timetable. the house is now waiting for to start the senate debate. told best case scenario to start is 9:30 p.m. eastern. about a half-hour tonight. a tweak --
-- a tweet -- that measure passed in the senate 81-18. here is what president obama had to say shortly after that vote. >> good evening, everybody. tonight, republicans and -- remove the threat from the to fault from our economy. the senate has now voted to approve the agreement and democrats and republicans in the house have an important vote to take. those forthank getting us to this point. i will sign the agreement immediately and will begin reopening our government immediately. and we can begin to lift the cloud of uncertainty from businesses and the american people. i will have more to say about this tomorrow.
i have got thoughts about how we can move forward in the remainder of the year and stay focused on the job at hand. there is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the american people lost over the last few weeks. to do that by addressing real issues they care about. i have said it before and i i will say it again. i'm willing to work with anyone. i'm eager to work with anybody, and democrat or republican, house or senate members, on any idea that will grow our economy, create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and get our fiscal house in order for the long- term. i do not believe the democrats have a monopoly on good ideas. despite the differences on the issue of shutting down the government come i'm convinced democrats and republicans can work together to make progress for america. in fact, there are things that we know will help strengthen our
economy that we can get done before this year is out. still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system, still need to pass a with the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget responsible, fair, and that helps hard-working people all across the country. we could get all of those things done, even this year, if everyone comes together in the spirit of how we will move the country forward and put the last three weeks behind us. that is what i believe american people are looking for, and not a focus on politics and elections, but a focus on concrete steps that will improve their lives here that will be my focus. i am looking forward to congress doing the same. i once again want to thank the leadership for coming together
and getting this done. hopefully, next time, it will not be in the 11th hour. one of the things i have said is we have got to get out of the habit of governing i crisis. my hope and expectation is everybody has learned there is no reason why we cannot work on , why wees at hand cannot disagree between parties while still being agreeable, and make sure we are not inflicting harm on the american people when we have disagreements. that lesson will be internalized. by me, but also by democrats and republicans, not only the leaders, but also the ranking. thank you. >> all over again in a few months? >> no. [laughter] >> president obama within the
hour speaking on a passage to reopen the federal government. the president will have more to say tomorrow morning at 10:35 eastern from the state dining room. we will have live coverage on the c-span networks. looking ahead to the house, here is michael brian tweeting about the bill itself. the site bill has arrived in the house. on a lighter side, the political editor for the news hour tweak -- tweets -- reid,lead, -- harry likely after the votes. we expect the house to gavel back in likely in 15 minutes. live coverage on c-span. we take you now to the comments of herrity -- harry reid and other democratic leaders following the passage.
>> i am tired. i am very happy we completed a bipartisan vote to reopen the government. it will be sometimes -- sometimes fully realize the effects of what we did. the shutdown has hurt our economy to a significant great. out so able to work it we do not have more losses. have been able to come together for a lot of different reasons. appreciate the work of a number of senators, but i think one of
the most important things we have been able to do is get senator mcconnell and i together. i am very grateful. alexander reached out to senator schumer and being a peacemaker years, -- he is, suggested they start doing what they could to engage senator mcconnell and i. as a result of that, i think we were able to talk and hopefully develop a strong relationship. senator mcconnell and i have worked for many years. the last few have surprisingly not been too good. so anyway, i appreciate it. i am grateful for that gang of senators. i would hope that in the future, the work that was done will be
able to get together to create some separation from all of these shrill voices we hear. this crisis is historic. let's be honest. this is pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason. we cannot make the same mistake again. as we move into the next round of negotiations, i am depending on stable, hard-working, always available -- she is the stereotype of what i believe a senator should be. i'm very grateful to her for being able to take the leadership and trying to work something out to make sure we do not have a one -- another one of these crisis -- manufactured crisis.
she was called upon by the democratic caucus to be the chair of the committee and she worked so hard and we were so close, but as you know, speaker boehner, he was never able to take that step to a compost this. -- to accomplish this. i want to express here for the support of my three liters -- leaders. everyone knows my caucus has been strong together. one way we have been able to be a team, my team made the bigger team work. i am really grateful. no one will ever know the work that we do off the floor,
behind-the-scenes. i'm not a one-man show. i depend on these three senators for virtually everything we are able to accomplish. there is a lot more to do. the president said yesterday and i said today, let's move on. what is the big issue out there? people complain about the deficit? how about immigration? one dollars trillion. something is fair and reasonable. -- one dollar trillion -- $1 trillion. something that is fair and reasonable. i hope they will come to the table with good faith and the desire to compromise. >> so many times throughout the history of united states it has taken united states senate to resolve national challenges and to resolve a national debate. it's happened again tonight on
the floor of united states senate. more than 80 senators from both political parties stood up and ended this 15-day ordeal that has been suffered by the people of the united states of america, by federal workers and those that depend on their good servers. i cannot describe my feeling on the floor during the course of these votes. let's pray that this is just the beginning and i think it is. we have seen it during the course of this year during the comprehensive information bill. it took the leadership of the senate to do it. we have to continue to show that leadership and we have to hope that the speaker of the house of representatives and other members as well will watch carefully as the american people react. watch carefully and their responsibility to work with us
in a bipartisan fashion to solve their problems. one of the saddest parts of today was to pick up the paper and see republican house members say that they won this battle. honest to goodness, how can they say that? this is not a win when it comes to the losses of federal employees and services across our country. we have to come up with real victories for the american people to help this economy move forward and create jobs. i want to thank harry reid and my colleagues. many of us take credit. the lines share of the credit goes to this man from searchlight, nevada. i cannot get over his determination and patience and energy throughout this. you will never know how much you put in to make this a success.
i am happy for the senate tonight. i'm happy for the nation, but let us make sure that this is just the beginning. >> thank you. today is not a happy day. it is a somber day. we finally achieved our goal, but frankly, we ended up where we started. when we started, we said we would do three things. a fund of the government, pay our bills, and agree to negotiate. we started there, and that is where we ended up. that is exactly what the law does. no more, no less. so, the bottom line is that millions suffered.
millions did not get paychecks. the economy was dragged down and confidence and faith in the united states credit and in the united states itself around the world was shaken. so, this is not a happy day. it is a somber day. because at the end of the day, we never should have gone through what we went through. we started here, we ended here. second the point, there are three people who i think i would like to praise and i cannot do it enough. the first, of course, is our leader, harry reid. he stood so farm from the beginning with his resolve that we could not doubt -- so firm from the beginning that we cannot bow to the tactics. he never buckled. he never flinched. he never doubted.
he gave strength to the rest of us and the whole caucus was united behind him. second, i would like to praise the president. every time we dealt with him, from the beginning, realizing that the kind of tactics used by the other side and permitted to be used by the other side would be used again and again and again. finally, my hat goes off to senator mcconnell. he is in a very difficult situation politically. once he saw that speaker boehner in the house were tied in a total not, he knew he had the obligation to step up even if it might hurt him in his campaign. i respect that. i think everyone of my democratic colleagues respect that. if there is a silver line in this cloud, it is that the politics, the reckless politics has reached its peak. that is what we hope and that is what i believe. it was shown that brinksmanship doesn't work.
that the other side will give in when a small faction says, i am going to hurt a whole lot of people unless you give in to me, the temptation of goodhearted, good minded people is to get in because innocent people are being hurt. but unfortunately, if we gave in this time, we would be back doing the same thing next quarter and a quarter after that and the quarter after that and to the brinksmanship would get worse. a kind of politics where they put a gun to your head and say, unless you do what i want you to do, i'm going to hurt a lot of people. and yet, tonight in the senate and hopefully in the house, a
large group of the other party for the first time stood up. it is our hope, indeed, it is our prayer that the that has reached its peak and that we can go back to the normal way of legislating. where every side compromises and we produce a product that is good for the american people. i hope that can start in the touch of negotiations which will start immediately. if brinksmanship has heat, if the kind of politesse peaked, if the kind of politics we have received, at the politics of compromise starts rising, then maybe these awful three weeks would have been worth it. >> tonight, i am delighted to enjoy this leadership team who worked so hard. my hats off to senator reid for his tremendous work. he never gave up. he stood up for our families and tonight we are with all of them, breathing a sigh of relief. it took far too long. far too many families were hurt. finally, here in the senate,
democrats and republicans worked together on a path out of this crisis. it does not solve any profit -- every problem today. we take the threat of default off of the table and allow democrats and republicans to get in a room and negotiate without asking the american people to pay the price. i am very glad for smelly, after going out on the floor and asking to go to budget conference 21 times before this, we are finally in agreement to work on a bipartisan budget negotiation. the budget passed the house and senate six month ago are very different. nobody thinks it will be easy to get to a deal. i have fought so hard for so long to get in a room with chairman ryan. i know that democrats are willing to compromise to get a deal and i am hopeful republicans will as well. now the republicans have seen the consequences of a government shutdown. i do not think they will be
anxious to repeat this again. now that it is clear the debt limit will be raised and cannot be used to extract political concessions, any future threats will ring hollow. as we now head into the next phase to have an actual mashed negotiation -- negotiation, we will have a negotiation and not a hostage situation. i know there are changes that republicans want and there are changes that we want. i think it will -- i think we can work together for a deal that solves this problem on both sides. stop lurching from crisis to
crisis. i am very proud of the senate tonight for working together to stand up and end of the pain of the american people and go to work on the bipartisan negotiations and we are finally going to do what we said all along -- we are going to open the government, they are bills, and then we are going to sit down and negotiate. >> not too many questions tonight. i want to watch the ballgame. >> senders earlier after the passage of the continuing appropriations act. now the hasn't turned. the clerk: pursuant to the permission granted in the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on october 16, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. that the senate passed with amendments h.r. 2775, with best wishes, i am
signed sincerely karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from from texas seek recognition? mr. sessions: the committee of 3880. o file a report on the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. sessions: i ask unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to take from the speaker's table h.r. 2775 with the senate amendments thereto and consider in the house without intervention of any point of order a single motion by the chair on the committee of appropriations or his designee that the house concur in the senate amendments that the senate amendments and the motion be considered as read. that the motion be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member on
committee of appropriations and on order of the motion without intervening motion without demand of the question. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? ms. slaughter: i have a right to object. ms. slaughter: we support this request on this side of the aisle and with that, i withdraw my reservation. the speaker pro tempore: the reservation is withdrawn. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? mr. rogers: madam speaker, pursuant to the previous order of the house i call up the bill h.r. 2775, with a senate amendments thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate amendments and designate the motion. the clerk: h.r. 2775, an act to
condition the provision of premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the patient protect and affordable care act upon a certification that a program to verify household income and other qualifications for such subsidies is operational and for other purposes. senate amendments. motion offered by mr. rogers of kentucky. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of today, the motion shall be debatable for one hour, equally divided and controlled by the chair and the ranking member of the committee on appropriations. the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, and the gentlelady from new york, mrs. lowey, will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on further consideration of h.r. 2775. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
mr. rogers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: i rise today to present h.r. 2775, this legislation will raise the nation's debt ceiling to avoid default, reopen the doors of the federal government and end this unfortunate shutdown. the legislation before us is -- are senate amendments to h.r. 2775, the senate has just passed this bill and now it's up to the house to send it to the president for his signature. it's the product of a final agreement between republicans and democrats to help put us back on stable ground with an open government and without the threat of default, as we look to find a long-term comprehensive solution to our multitude of fiscal problems. first and foremost, it provides critical funding for operating the federal government at the
current annual rate of $986 billion through january 15 of next year, to end the government shutdown. the resolution includes a limited number of noncontroversial or technical changes called anomalies, many have already been passed by the house and senate. a few are new, such as provisions to ensure smooth reopening of the federal government to provide due compensation for federal employees and other funding for shutdown costs, to provide funding for the f.a.a. to continue current operations without interruption and so on. these have been included to prevent harm to vital government programs to continue critical services and to ensure good governance. to be clear, madam speaker, the c.r. portion of this resolution is virtually clean.
and is essentially identical to the legislation i introduced in the house in early september. secondly, this legislation will increase the debt limit until february 7 of next year. by extending our borrowing ability, these amendments will avoid the damage and default would cause to our recovering economy, to businesses large and small and to our people who desperately need a stable economy and continued job growth. lastly, the resolution before us will help protect against fraud and abuse by requiring income verifications for individuals seeking subsidies under the obamacare act. essentially, this bill before us tonight allows us to move on. if deals with the nation's immediate short-term problem allows time for congress to
address the broader picture, what the real drivers of our debtr how it can keep from reaching the debt limit in the future and how we avoid from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis. after two long weeks, it's time to end the government shutdown. it's time to take the threat of default off the table. it's time to restore some sanity to this place. to do this, we all have to give a little. clearly no one on either side has received everything they wanted, but i believe we now should act for the greater needs of our nation. if we want to get anywhere, we must be willing to negotiate and we should be willing to put partisanship aside and govern for the greater good. the house has realized it is one half of one-third of this government. and that no laws can be made
without the consent of the senate and the president. just as they can't act without us. we must also acknowledge that the spending and borrowing that is driving us into unsustainable debt and hurting this nation and the people who call home. i'm optimistic that once this arrest lution is passed, the house and the senate will come together in a budget conference to work out our broad fiscal and budgetary challenges. it's my hope that a top line discretionary number for fiscal year 2014 will be established, that will allow congress to enact full year appropriations bills and avoid shutdowns like this in the future. and it's also my hope that congress can address head on the problem of unsustainable growth in our mandatory and entitlement
programs and work to reform our overly complicated growth stifling tax code. the resolution before us will buy us some time to accomplish this must-do list and will ensure that our people have access to the critical government services they rely on in the meantime. . . we must take actions that will restore the people's confidence in their elected officials and in the economic future of this nation. we must. the sooner we pass this resolution, the sooner we can move on to the many tasks before us that the people have sent us here to work on. i yield back. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, 15 days
after the shutdown began, the house is finally considering a bill to reopen the government and avoid the economic calamity that could have ensued if the united states defaulted on its debt. frankly it's disappointing that republicans have dangerously put our economy and american families at such great risk. 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed. families that depend on critical services from disaster aid to nutrition assistance have been left in the cold. billions in economic activity has been lost. fitch ratings placed the united states, the united states of america, on, quote, rating watch negative, end quote. due to political brinksmanship. from e clear opposition
the american people, many republicans, it's hard to believe, are still poised to oppose this short-term bill tonight to reopen government. pay america's bills and negotiate a reasonable budget agreement for 2014. congress, let's remember, has already enacted $2.5 trillion deficit reduction measures since 2010. looming across the board sequester cuts threaten all our priorities, from job creation to head start to military readiness and everything in between. for example, if we do not act before january 15, defense spending will be cut by approximately $20 billion below 2013 levels. and we could jeopardize up to 1.6 million american jobs over the next year. mr. speaker, madam speaker, we
cannot meet these serious challenges without a spirit of bipartisanship and a commitment to working together in good faith. i urge the majority to learn the lesson of this irresponsible shutdown. do not allow the fringe in your party, those disconnected from reality, and whose sole goal is obstruction, to continue to dictate the agenda of this house. o member of this esteemed body should ever again threaten the full faith and credit of the united states of america or shut down the government to advance a reckless ideological agenda. i strongly support this bill tonight with hope that my colleagues in the majority will work in a bipartisan way to avoid a repeat of this tragic episode when the funding and
debt ceiling deadlines in this bill are reached in the new year. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. and the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to a very hardworking member of the appropriations committee, mr. dent of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. dent: thank you, madam speaker. i rise tonight in support of the senate compromise legislation being considered to end this unnecessary government shutdown and few tile exercise in brinks -- futile exercise in brinksmanship. this would prevent a catastrophic default and downgrade that would spur another recession. i'm generally pleased that the cooler heads have finally prevailed. however, it is very disappointing that we're in this situation. that after more than two weeks of a government shutdown and on the eve of the default of our nation's obligations, we have finally reached an agreement.
this legislation must be supported. but it should not be celebrated. no high-fives or spiking of the football. it is a temporary government funding bill and a short-term debt limit increase. it's not a win for anyone, particularly the institution of congress or the presidency for that matter. the bill represents the conclusion of a difficult period from which i hope that many can draw important lessons. i hope that this sad episode won't result in a newfound commitment and intensity for the governor majority in congress to make the difficult decisions that must be made to keep the government functioning while addressing the many problems facing our country. including the budget deficit, the nation's out-of-control debt and the many challenges presented by the health care law or obamacare. for many months and particularly throughout the last two weeks i have worked tirelessly with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to find an agreement to break
the impasse. i particularly want to thank representative ron kind, senators susan collins and joe mansion, and the many other members who participated in the many discussions. i believe these conversations have laid a strong foundation that we can build on to arrive at agreements made in major issues that need to be addressed in this country. i urge my colleagues not only to vote in favor of this legislation tonight but to join with those of us who share in affirmative obligation to govern and who seek bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing our great nation. at this time i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, a member of the appropriations committee, mr. fattah. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. fattah: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to urge expedited passage of this legislation. i join with the chairman and the
ranking member of my committee and i agree with every words that has been stated by the majority chairman and the ranking member. this is critically important. on this monday i was in a foreign country, i was in the state of israel, met with the president and with a whole group of brain researchers from around the world. they had difficulty understanding, given our nation's leadership on so many critical issues, that we could be at a paralyzed situation. so i'm happy that the senate has acted in such an overwhelming way op on this matter, with some -- way on this matter, with some 81 bipartisan votes, and i would urge the house to restore our government, to pay our bills, and to get on with our responsibilities. as the most powerful nation in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, we can pay our bills and we can conduct the affairs of government in a way that gains us respect around the
world, rather than befuddlement. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished member of appropriations, mrs. barbara lee from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you very much. and let me thank the gentlelady from new york for yielding and just say i rise in support of this bipartisan budget deal. by voting in favor of this bill tonight, we will finally shut down this awful government shutdown. while i am pleased that common sense and cooler heads have finally prevailed, make no mistake, this unnecessary shutdown has caused real pain for millions of innocent families. never again should the american people be taken hostage to a political agenda. this is wholly unacceptable.
and these tactics must be rejected once and for all. i hope that tomorrow people can begin to put their lives back together, go back to work, and provide the government services that our veterans understand and our seniors and our -- veterans and our seniors and our children so deserve. while i'm pleased this will reopen the government and pay our bills, much more work needs to be done. the temporary spending level of $986 billion keeps sequester-level cuts in place that are hurting our economy, children, seniors, workers and communities across this nation. so i hope that as we move forward, we will understand that we need to protect vital programs that make for a functioning government, so everyone can have the opportunity to climb, striving and reap the rewards and security of the american dream. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. and the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the former chairman of the financial services committee of the house,
the gentleman from alabama, mr. bachus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for two minutes. mr. bachus: i thank the chairman. for one night, let us talk about what is good for this country and not about the other party. because it's going to take both parties to solve our problems. as chairman emeritus of the financial services committee, i am very aware of the direct connection between a strong dollar and a vibrant economy, so necessary to create jobs. and that's what we need for america, jobs. the u.s. dollar is the reserve currency of the world. globally the dollar and u.s. treasuries are two of the most preferred safe haven investments . their reserve status has been a benefit and blessing to all of us economically. it has traditionally brought to this country good jobs and a higher standard of living. however, the dollar is under
attack today. out-of-control spending, unless addressed, will become more and more of a threat to the strong dollar and our currency. it will continue to erode our economy and cost jobs. however, two wrongs don't make a right. a default would further weaken the dollar, destroy jobs and be a self-inflicted wound i am not willing to deliver. therefore, i will devote -- i will be voting yes on this bipartisan agreement. and urge my colleagues to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished member of the appropriations committee, ms. kaptur from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: i thank ranking member lowey for yielding me time and i rise in support of the senate's bipartisan
compromise to end the government shutdown, reopen the government, avert a debt default and pay our bills to spur economic growth and job creation in this country. this compromise today is what the american people expect of us. they are tired of the partisan bickering and the economic uncertainty that the deadlock has created. the biggest challenge facing our country is creating growth to help to balance the budget. we can start by coming together on a budget agreement. so let's restore regular order, let the budget committee go back to work, let the ways and means committee go back to work. let the appropriations committee go back to work under regular order. not just continuing resolutions. and let us move our bills in regular order and not govern from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. i will vote for this this evening. it is the best we could get under the circumstances. but it is far less than we are capable of. i yield back my remaining time
and i thank the gentlelady again for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. so the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to a distinguished member of the appropriations committee, mr. serrano from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. without objection. mr. serrano: i thank the gentlewoman. i will strongly support this bill tonight because it not only opens our government but it makes us meet our obligations in a proper way. but if we walk away from this tonight not having learned the lesson, this will have all been a futile exercise. the lesson that we have to learn is that we can't become obsessed with one issue and close down the government over one issue. when a bill becomes a law and gets signed by a president and
gets judged on and approved by the supreme court, that's the law of the land. and we have to abide by that. we should in no way continue to act as if things really didn't happen, only what is happening now happened. and secondly, we need to understand that there are no winners or losers tonight. the real losers are only the american people who had to put up with this situation for these weeks. if we go away tonight not learning that lesson, that we cannot allow that to happen again, it would have been a waste of time. so i hope that we move ahead on the budget committee, that we move ahead on that conference, that we move ahead in a joint way, in a two-party system, to work on behalf of the american people. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield one minute
to the distinguished the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. neal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for one minute. kneel kneel mr. speaker, -- mr. neal: this has been a vote for new spending. this is an argument for paying our bills and debts incurred. this is about paying for the war in iraq which i opposed but still has to be paid for. the former majority leader of this house said that having a x cut in a time of war was patriotic. you know what's patriotic? paying for the veterans' hospitals, whether for or against the war, those wars were put on the credit card and it's our responsibility to put it on the credit card. not the opportunity for new expenditure or new spending in the future, it is simply a vote to pay for bills that have been currently incurred.
to have shut this government down was not om wrongful but the decent people across this country that were hurt by this irresponsible manner of this onduct of this house was irreprehensible. we will vote on paying our bills. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york is ecognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia, is recognized for one minute. mr. scott: thank you very much. i rise to support this very needed legislation. let me make a point here there is a very important part of this legislation that sets up the budget commission. and i would like to make an appeal to that commission to not only get a good budget to us but
take some time to get mechanism in place to prevent us from ever again shutting down the federal government. we take a solemn oath here to defend the federal government, to support the federal government, to uphold the federal government, and we must honor that. maybe we can do mandatory arbitration, but we have some smart people in this place. we hurt too many people when we shut down the federal government. and let us hopefully we can put the mitch mcconnell rule in place, god bless that senator from kentucky and the courming he had to step forward in a bipartisan way so we can put that mechanism in place so we can never again put our good faith and credit at risk in this country. and timely, let us, democrats and republicans, work together
beginning tonight and pass this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. poe: i quote, the fact that we are here today to debate ising america's debt ceiling is a sign of we can't pay our rely on foreign countries, money we have board from china, board from japan, the rising debt is robbing our cities and ta states of critical like bridges, ports and leffies and education and health care reform, robbing our seniors of
retirement and health security, every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in america's priorities. increasing america's priorities weakens us. washington is shifting the burden of bad choices onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. americans deserve better. driving up our national debt is unpatriotic, the words of enator obama in 2006 and 2008. what is irresponsible and unpatriotic is irresponsible conduct, i think not. we should be talk about cutting spending before raising america's debt ceiling and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield one minute to the distinguished leader from madam pelosi.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and for her great leadership as our ranking member on the appropriations committee and for bringing us together this evening as we have been all along, 200 house democratic members, 200 strong in support of the republican number that we are voting on today. tonight, the unnecessary shutdown america has been enduring for 16 days comes to an end. thank you, speaker boehner, for allowing majority of members to avoid a default that would have wreaked havoc on our economic correct and stability of our country. it is equally clear that the
shutdown has already shaken some pillars of our economic security and growth. it has jeopardized our credit rating, slowed our g.d.p. growth and eroded consumer and investor confidence while taking $24 billion out of our economy. my colleagues, do you think that your recklessness was worth $24 billion to our economy? this recklessness is a luxury the american people cannot afford. tomorrow we can begin what democrats have been waiting for for seven months to do. we can debate a budget to create jobs, jobs, jobs, that four-letter word, strengthen the middle class and reduce the deficits in a meaningful way. tomorrow, we must stop governing from manufactured crisis to
manufactured crisis and start working to find solutions so we never again see a day when the government has been shut down and the full faith and credit of the united states of america has been called into question. for that reason, i urge a yes vote on this bill, not on its merits, because as we know this number is too low. even the chairman of the committee has said an unrealistic and ill-conceived number and must be brought to an end. this number, if left in effect, would cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs in the months ahead in the next year. hundreds of thousands of jobs. again, a number that is a luxury this country cannot afford. so the republican number is key to reopening the doors of
american government, democrats are willing to accept this resolution tonight. but as i say, not because of its merits, not because of its merits. we do so because a vote yes on this bill will take us hopefully not on its merits but in the hope it will start us to grow the economy and every american willing to work hard and play by the rules to achieve the american dream. so with those qualifications as to what we are voting for tonight, the number doesn't meet the needs of the american people, the length of time of the debt ceiling is steppeded, is not long enough, but apparently that's the best we can do and i commend senator reid in working in a bipartisan way to send us this bill tonight so we can bring the sadness to
an end and how it affects -- affected so many people. so again, not on its merits. i do not pin a rose on this legislation. it does not have that respect, but does have my support as a means to an end. and with that, i urge a yes vote and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: might i inquire if my colleague has furet speakers? are you prepared to yield back? mrs. lowey: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. mr. rogers: i urge passage of the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to the order of the house of today, the previous question is ordered, the question is on the motion by the
gentleman from kentucky, mr. rgers. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to and without objection -- mrs. lowey: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady ask for the yeas and nays. mrs. lowey: i ask nor the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the the yeas and nays are ordered members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on adoption of the motion will be followed by a five-minute vote on approval of the journal if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 285, the nays are 144, the motion is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. and the journal stands approved.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. ryan: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house be considered to have taken from the speaker's table senate concurrent resolution 8, adopted an amendment in the nature of a substitute, consisting of the text of the house concurrent resolution 25, as adopted by the house, adopted such concurrent resolution as amended, insisted on its amendment and requested a conference with the senate
thereon. and during the remainder of the 113th congress, it shall not be in order to offer a motion under clause 7-c of rule 22 with respect to the senate concurrent resolution 8. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 8. concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget of the united states government for fiscal year 2014, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2013, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the request? without objection, so ordered. without objection, the chair appoints the following conferees on senate concurrent resolution 8. the clerk: for consideration of the senate concurrent resolution and the house amendment and
modifications committed to conference, messrs. ryan of wisconsin, cole, price of georgia, mrs. black, messrs. van ollen, clyburn and mrs. lowey. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table house concurrent 58, with the senate amendments thereto and to concur ith the senate amendments. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution and report the senate amendment. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 58, concurrent resolution expressing the sense of congress regarding the need for the continued availability -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from scombrg. the clerk: of religious services -- >> madam speaker, i ask to dispense with the reading. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is
dispensed with. is there objection to the request of the gentleman from georgia? without objection, the senate amendments are agreed toont motion to reconsider -- agreed to and the motion to reconsider s laid upon the table. the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mrs. negrete mcleod of california for to monday, october 14. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the secretary: madam speaker, i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the instant and adjournment of the house of representatives in which the concurrence of the house is requested.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a privileged concurrent resolution. the clerk: resolved, that upon when the senate adjourns from wednesday onth 16, 2013, through friday, on a motion offered pursuant to this concurrent resolution, it stands recessed or adjourned until 12 noon monday october 28 or such other time as may be specified as its majority leader and the motion to aress or adjourn or pursuant to section 2 of this con current resolution whichever occurs
first and when the house adjourns from wednesday october 16, 2013, through monday october 21, 2013, on a motion offered pursuant to this concurrent resolution it stands adjourned until 2 proximate cause tuesday october 22, 201 pursuant to section 2 of this concurrent resolution whichever occurs first. section 2, the majority leader of the senate and the speaker of the house or their respective designees acting jointly after consultation with the minority leader of the senate and minority leader of the house notify the leaders to reassemble at place and time if if their opinion the public interest shall warrant it. the speaker pro tempore: woirks. the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> pursuant to senate concurrent resolution 24, i do move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. pursuant to senate concurrent resolution 24, 113th congress, the house stands adjourned until tuesday, october
we will get to your calls in just a bit. i wanted to show you the comments of the president. you may have seen at the end of the vote a woman came to the dais. off, butphones were here is the reporting on that issue. one of the house stenographers -- we will get that in a minute. and this is after the seven past the measure earlier tonight. the us the white house. this is from the white house. >> good evening, everybody. tonight republicans and democrats have come together around an agreement that will
reopen our government and remove the threat of default from our economy. to approvehas voted this agreement, and democrats and republicans still have an important vote to take, but i want to think the members of both parties for getting to this point. my desk irives at will sign it immediately. we can begin to lift this uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the american people. will have more to say tomorrow. there is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the american people that has and lost over the last few weeks. we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues they care about. before.aid it
i will say it again. i am eager to work with anyone on any idea that will grow our economy, create new jobs, strengthen the middle class, and get our fiscal house in order for the long come. i don't believe the democrats have a monopoly on good ideas, and despite the differences on the issue of shutting down our government, i ain't -- i think democrats and republicans can work together to make progress. there are things we can do before this year is out. we still need to fix our broken immigration system. we need to fix our farm bill. weh the shutdown behind us have an opportunity to focus on the sensible budget that is responsible and helps hard- working people across the
country. we could get all these done if everyone comes together in the spirit about how we are going to move this country forward and put the last three weeks behind us. peoplewhat the american are looking for. it's not a focus on politics. it's about the concrete steps that can improve their lives. that is going to be my focus. the leadership for coming together and getting this done. to thank the leadership for getting this done. hopefully next time it won't be at the 11th hour. we have to get out of the habit in a crisis. everyone has learned there is no reason we cannot work at the why we can'td, disagree between the parties --les though being agreeable