WASHINGTON — The Florida vote to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling was divided. Here is a sample of reactions:
Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville (voted yes): "The last few weeks have been long and challenging for the country, and today I supported an agreement to reopen the government, prevent default on our national debt, and preserve the savings that I fought to enact into law. I have heard from many of my constituents throughout this debate, and the focus of discussion has been rightly centered on Obamacare. I still maintain that the Affordable Care Act is bad for this country, it is a flawed law, and its disastrous rollout is a sign of even worse things to come. However, today's debate needs to be rightly focused on reopening the government, avoiding default, and protecting the historic spending cuts we achieved over the last few years."
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton (voted yes): "For over two weeks, a small group of Republican extremists have led our nation through a pointless and irresponsible exercise that in the end left us with billions of dollars in lost economic output and diminished credibility worldwide. "
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor (voted yes): "I have worked tirelessly with my House colleagues passing legislation to protect this country and put its people above partisan politics – legislation which the Senate has failed to act on. Therefore, tonight, I voted to avoid a national default, end the government shutdown, and provide certainty to all hardworking Americans, especially our veterans, active military personnel and seniors. I remain committed to finding a long-term solution that will keep government spending under control, provide relief from ObamaCare's mandates, and ensure both Congress and the Administration are subjected to the same provisions under the health care law."
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland (voted no): "Our country is on an unsustainable spending path. This bill does nothing to create a long-term plan that would address the drivers of our enormous debt."
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota (voted yes): "Jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the United States by defaulting on our obligations was not an option. There is no question that we need to reduce spending and balance the budget, but not by degrading America's credit rating and destroying our credibility."