Deal averts U.S. default

WARREN – Local politicians’ reactions to a budget compromise reached Wednesday night for the most part split down party lines. Republicans argued that the agreement is nothing more than a temporary reprieve from battle. Democrats said they hope the deal will provide a platform for future budget agreements.

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, said he voted against the proposal to fund federal agencies through Jan. 15 and increase the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014.

“I cannot support this latest resolution because it does not treat the American people fairly,” he said. “It fails to offer those in eastern and southeastern Ohio any protection from the abuses, expenses and overreach of Obamacare.”

The legislation also does not address the nation’s spending excesses, he said.

“This legislation represents Washington’s complete failure to work in good faith to solve the many serious fiscal problems America faces,” he said.

Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Niles, said he voted to reopen the government and extend the debt limit so the country could continue to pay its bills.

”The Senate has been acting and working in a bipartisan way to come up with a solution and a way to go forward. While I would prefer that these issues be settled in a more comprehensive way, this is better than keeping the government closed, with 800,000 federal workers off the job, and our country’s citizens not being able to access their government,” Ryan said.

Ryan said the shutdown cost American taxpayers $24 billion.

“I hope the damage this crisis caused has taught the Republican Tea Party that radical behavior like shutting down the government and bringing our nation to the brink of default is no way to govern – and the American people will not stand for it,” Ryan said.

“There are serious issues that must be addressed in a bipartisan fashion, and hopefully Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues will now work with Democrats on legislation to end the sequester, reinvest in our infrastructure, and put Americans back to work,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ryan was one of four Ohio Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives that sent House Speaker John Boehner encouragement to stand up to the extremist in the Republican Party to end the financial crisis.

“Then together we could spend the next year passing bipartisan legislation to address our economy, immigration, education, transportation, and a myriad of other issues waiting for Congress’s attention,” Ryan said.

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka said it is unfortunate that the situation that had gotten to a point that the government shut down.

“I am happy that the U.S. Senate sat down and worked out a solution,” he said. “We’ve lost enough money with the threat of the shutdown. We can’t afford to lose any more money.”

Kathi Creed, chairman of the Trumbull County Republican party, said a few of her fellow party members met early Wednesday evening and were extremely disappointed with the vote.

“I don’t know what the answer is, but raising the debt limit is not a good idea,” she said. “We are in a bad position. We wanted a delay for a year of Obamacare. There are going to be a lot of people hurt by it.”

Rep. David Joyce, R-Russell Township, said it is time for Washington to turn the page on partisan politics and start working for common-sense solutions and compromise.

“That’s why I support this bipartisan plan to reopen the government and ensure that the U.S. pay its bills on time,” he said. “I’ve opposed the government shutdown since day one and will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure we end the shutdown and prevent default.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said late Wednesday, “After weeks of Washington dysfunction, I am glad to see the government reopen and Congress working together to make sure we don’t default on our debts.

”Lurching from crisis to crisis is no way to rejuvenate America’s economy, and unfortunately, we do not have a long-term fix that will prevent another shutdown in January.

“Now that Congress has temporarily avoided this economic crisis, I am hopeful that President Obama will stick to his promise and come to the table,” he said. “We’ve done our part, and now he must do his to negotiate on a path forward to deal with Washington’s underlying problem of overpromising and overspending that brought our nation to this boiling point in the first place.”

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, a Democrat, said he hopes the Senate’s actions becomes a platform for working out solutions not only for this budget, but for future financial and political debates.

“This is a victory for the American people,” Franklin said. “Obviously, as mayor, I am pleased we will not continue to see the collateral damage from the shutdown in terms of of our contact with federal agencies and we will begin getting reimbursements for federal programs.”

Mark Munroe, vice chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, congratulates Congress for finding a short-term solution to the budget crisis, but adds this will only delay addressing big systemic issues in the U.S. government.

“The federal government is still massive and it is an out of control spending monster,” Munroe said. “It is now $17 trillion in debt. Hopefully, congress will make more progress when it takes on these problems.

Munroe said the implementation of Obamacare has been a disaster that is causing major disruption in the health care industry and in the jobs market.

“We have to recognize what it is, a short term band aide,” he said “Congress has bought themselves time and given everyone a reprieve through the holiday season. However, they are going to be back at this in January.”