Tonawanda News

Local News

October 19, 2013

Higgins calls government shutdown a 'disgrace'

Tonawanda News — AMHERST — The day after Congress voted to end the government shutdown, Rep. Brian Higgins addressed the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce and called the past three weeks “highly discouraging” for the country.

“We as a country have more potential than what we are seeing in D.C.,” he said. “To shut down the government ... to try to deflect blame ... is a disgrace.”

After 16 days of shutdown, President Barack Obama signed a bill to reopen the federal government and lift the debt ceiling in the early hours of Thursday. The deal, which sent 800,000 furloughed employees back to work, made no changes in the president’s health care law, which Republicans previously demanded. 

The bill extends government funding through Jan. 15 and raises the debt limit until Feb. 7.

Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Friday that the issue centered around a continuing resolution that would have instated current funding levels until a new bill was passed.

“We had plenty of votes in both houses to approve that,” he said. “But John Boehner allowed 30 or 40 extremist Republicans to dictate the situation.”

One luncheon attendee asked Higgins how the two parties can work together — specifically, in three months when the issue is likely to come up again.

“There seems to be a more reasonable way to resolve this,” the questioner said, likely echoing the thoughts of many Americans who dealt with the effects of the shutdown.

“I’m hoping that rationality will prevail in the coming weeks, and that in the end, common sense will prevail,” Higgins responded. 

Much of the discussion in the recent weeks centered on raising the debt limit, a move some Republicans opposed in an effort to limit spending. Failure to do so would have resulted in a first-ever defaulting on U.S. debt and likely would have triggered a significant economic downturn. 

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue