VA Senators Speak Out on Agreement to End Shutdown
There's a sense of some compromise on Capitol Hill. The government shutdown and looming default haven't been averted just yet - but the Senate has announced a bipartisan deal.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are both praising a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and avert default - an agreement that still needs to be approved.
The votes in both the House and Senate are expected before midnight, when the U.S. would default on the federal debt. The agreement would permit the treasury to borrow normally through February 7 and fund the government through January 15.
Warner and Kaine say it is a step in the right direction.
"I'd like those who advocated that this was smart politics to shut down the government and take us to the verge of default... Explain to the motel owner on Skyline Drive in Virginia who lost a couple weekends of the peak fall foliage season and won't see any of those dollars come back, how it was in their best interest to shut down," said Warner.
"If we were to get over this short-term hump and indeed if we're to get over the next hump through budget negotiations, it's not going to be just one side dictating the terms," said Kaine.
Both senators say they look forward to getting into the details of the long-term budget issues in the future.
Kaine is a member of the Senate Budget Committee.
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