Thursday, October 17, 2013

Landrieu, Richmond, Boustany “FOR” End To Shutdown, Increasing Debt Limit; Vitter, Cassidy, Fleming, Scalise Vote “NO”

The Louisiana Legislative delegation was split down party lines on the Harry Reid-brokered bill to end the government shutdown and kick-the-can down the road on the debt ceiling, with one notable exception: Congressman Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette).

Boustany, who earlier in the day blasted his fellow Republicans, was one of 87 House Republicans who, along with 198 Democrats, voted to end the shutdown, impose new deadlines a few months from now on the debt ceiling, and not delay the implementation of ObamaCare. 144 Republicans in the House voted no.

The Senate approved the bill by an 81-18 vote. 

On Fox News last night, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Metairie) discussed his “No” vote.

“The bill tonight really didn’t address the problems. The President has said all along that he wasn’t going to negotiate. He wanted to get a full debt ceiling increase.  He wanted to get a continuation of government funding without addressing the underlying problems that got us here in the first place. The biggest problem is this sets up yet another crisis showdown in 3 months.”

When questioned about the tactics used by Republicans during the shutdown, Scalise said while they weren’t perfect, the President wouldn’t budge regardless of the tactics.

“Obviously there were a lot of different proposals put on the table. I voted for 4 different proposals to fund government. He refused to negotiate at all.”

“The President got everything he wanted and we didn’t solve one problem.”