Local delegates weigh in on shutdown

By 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.”