After 16 days, the United States government reopens Thursday. Virginia lawmakers are weighing on the deal approved by Congress to end the shutdown and avoid default. The agreement funds the government for three months, and raises the debt ceiling for four months.
While most Virginia lawmakers say they are relieved the shutdown has ended, they stand divided over the passage of the new spending bills.
Congressman Robert Hurt said that while he is happy the federal government will re-open, he did not support the debt limit legislation.
"The president and the Senate have succeeded in defeating every single House proposal for reform...indeed, they have gotten exactly what they wanted - a continuation of a spending and borrowing policy that has resulted in a $17 trillion national debt," Hurt said in a statement.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine praised the 11th hour deal, and the joint effort of lawmakers on both side of the aisle.
"Thanks to the bipartisan efforts of my Senate colleagues, tens of thousands of furloughed workers in Virginia will be back on the job with certainty they will be paid back for the time they were unable to work due to the needless government shutdown," said Kaine in a statement.
Governor Bob McDonnell also weighed in, saying in statement, Congress should not be praised for completing its basic functions. He called on lawmakers to come together to work on a more permanent solution rather than kick the can down the road.
"I strongly urge the President and Congress to move towards a balanced budget amendment, which appears to be the only prescription to force spending restraint and entitlement reform, and set the country on a responsible fiscal path," McDonnell said.
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