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Valley congressmen explain their votes on bill ending government shutdown

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Rep. Mike Kelly Rep. Mike Kelly
Rep. Tim Ryan Rep. Tim Ryan
Rep. Bill Johnson Rep. Bill Johnson

WASHINGTON - Here's how members of congress from the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys voted on the government funding debt bill passed by the House 285-144 late Wednesday.

Voting "Yes":

Rep: Tim Ryan, D-17th Ohio (Includes portions of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties)

Rep. David Joyce, R-14th Ohio (Includes portion of northern Trumbull County)

Rep. Mike Kelly,  R-3rd PA (Includes Mercer and portion of Lawrence Counties)

Voting "No":

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6th Ohio (Includes portion of Mahoning and Columbiana Counties)

Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12th PA (Includes southern portion of Lawrence County)

To see how other members of the House voted click on this link.

Congressmen Mike Kelly, Tim Ryan  and Bill Johnson released statements following the house vote.

The following is a portion of Congressman Kelly's statement:

"While the fight for fairness under Obamacare will endure beyond tonight, Americans can now rest assured that the federal shutdown is over and that a devastating default will not happen. Tonight's agreement will allow my colleagues and I in Congress to resume the paramount tasks of bolstering job growth, making our outdated tax code fairer and simpler, and finally getting our historically high debt under control. Regardless of the disagreements that persist between the parties and branches here in Washington, it's time to get back to work and focus on meeting the challenges ahead."

The following is a portion of Congressman Ryan's statement:

"This senseless shutdown has cost tax payers $24 billion dollars and I am pleased that with this deal the bleeding can finally stop. I hope that the damage this crisis caused has taught the Republican Tea Party that radical behavior like shutting down the government and bring our nation to the brink of default is no way to govern – and the American people will not stand for it. 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."

The following is a portion of Congressman Bill Johnson's statement:

"I cannot support this latest resolution because it does not treat the American people fairly. It fails to offer those in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio any protection from the abuses, expenses, and overreach of Obamacare. And, what's worse, this bill gives a special pass out of Obamacare for Washington politicians and big business, sticking hard-working Americans with the bill."
 
"I'm also deeply troubled that this legislation increases America's debt limit, but does nothing to address the main driver of the debt – Washington's out of control spending. The American people have had to tighten their belts in this weak economy, and Washington should be forced to do the same. The fact that there are no spending cuts in this legislation means that Washington continues to demand more from the American taxpayers, but refuses to put itself on any kind of budget. And, that is not fair."
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