Indiana senators, representative vote in favor of bill

2013-10-16T20:27:00Z 2013-10-17T16:27:16Z Indiana senators, representative vote in favor of billTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 16, 2013 8:27 pm  • 

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., voted in favor of Wednesday's bill, but said he is committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act. He said he is disappointed but wants to continue to work toward reducing the country's debt.

"While I deplore supporting yet another short-term Band-Aid, the only thing worse would be a continued government shutdown, the United States defaulting on its debt obligations and the elimination of the spending reductions enacted by Congress in 2011," Coats said in a prepared statement.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., also voted for the bill. He spoke about the importance of bipartisanship moving forward.

"I think we need more people focused on what's best for Indiana, what's best for our nation, and less about what's best in politics," Donnelly said. "This is not about Democrat, this is about Republican, it's about America."

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, also voted for the bill. He was critical of the government shutdown, and said he is committed toward working on a bipartisan and comprehensive national budget.

"For some years, Congress has failed in its responsibility to provide for the predictable and efficient delivery of services and protections important to all Americans," he said in a prepared statement. "This failure has reduced the effectiveness of our government and distracted attention from strengthening our economy and creating good-paying jobs."

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