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Thompson Delivers Remarks on Latest Bipartisan Funding Measure to Pass the House; Calls for Senate Action
October 7, 2013
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson tonight voted to support H.J.Res. 77, the Food and Drug Safety Act, which is the ninth bill to fund government that has passed the House since the beginning of the shutdown. Following the vote, 235-162, Thompson delivered remarks from the House floor commending his Democrat colleagues for supporting the measures and calling on the Senate to consider the House-passed bills.
“Senate Leader Harry Reid has been the most ardent proponent of his party’s no-compromise, no-negotiation stance. The Leader has even been unwilling to discuss a compromise to prevent a prolonged government shutdown…In an effort to avoid being labeled as an obstructionist, the Senate Leader has altered his stance – at least rhetorically – and now claims there’s already been compromise.
“I would say to the Senate leader, there has been some compromise, but not in the Senate Chamber – the compromise has come from 57 Democrats who joined with the majority in the House to pass targeted appropriations bills that will fund key departments and programs.
“Mr. Speaker, politics is often referred to as the “art of compromise.” It’s essential to the legislative process, and surely vital to a functioning democracy. I commend my 57 Democrat colleagues in the House who understand this and encourage more to join them as we continue to pass targeted appropriations this week.
“Unfortunately, not until both chambers start compromising, will we be able to end this shutdown.”