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Local delegates weigh in on shutdown

Last Modified: Friday, October 18, 2013 2:23 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, was the only congressional Republican in Louisiana to vote in favor of a budget resolution and debt limit increase late Wednesday night.

The measure, which passed in the House and Senate, was signed into law by President Barack Obama, prompting the reopening of the U.S. government after a 16-day partial shutdown.

U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, John Fleming, R-Shreveport, and Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, all opposed the bill. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, voted for it.

Boustany was unavailable for a phone interview Thursday, according to his communications director. But in a prepared statement issued after his vote, Boustany said he refuses to “jeopardize the nation’s economy over political disagreements on Capitol Hill.”

“Americans have had enough of the short-term political squabbling coming out of Washington,” Boustany said in the release. “Some in Washington deny their responsibility to govern. Members of both parties must come together to work out their differences while achieving goals on important policy areas like tax reform, long-term government spending and energy security.”

In the Senate, David Vitter, R-La., voted against the bill, while Mary Landrieu, D-La., voted in favor of it.

“My No Obamacare Exemption for Washington language has been blocked out by (Sen.) Harry Reid, (Barack) Obama and others who want to keep their special subsidy. But it’s not going away and neither am I,” Vitter said in a news release.

“This is all about fairness — forcing Washington to live under Obamacare the same way as the rest of America. Once Washington insiders are forced to walk in the same shoes as other Americans, we may start cleaning up this train wreck.”

Landrieu also released a statement after the vote, saying the agreement “calls for both sides to come together and negotiate a long-term budget without a looming man-made threat of an economic crisis.”

“We have finally come to an agreement to reopen the government and pay our bills,” Landrieu said in a news release.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work out a balanced approach that will put our country on a path toward the fiscal stability that we need to grow the economy and expand the middle class in Louisiana and across the country.”

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