October 16, 2013

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Avoid Default and Reopen Government

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan agreement that prevents a default on our debt and reopens the federal government.

“I am pleased that our leaders could put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal that reopens the government and prevents a first-ever default on our debt. I thank Senator Susan Collins and our group of fourteen bipartisan senators – seven Republicans, six Democrats and one Independent – who helped draft the template of the final budget deal.

“The bottom line is that we managed to avoid this self-inflicted wound to the national and global economy, but it is past time for America to get its financial house in order. We need a bipartisan, big fix like the Bowles-Simpson template that focuses on spending, revenue and reform. I am hopeful that the development of the bipartisan, bicameral budget committee required under this agreement will be a first step in finding a balanced approach to reducing our deficit, balancing our budget, and responsibly reining in out-of-control spending.”