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AZ lawmakers react to debt, spending deal

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Republicans in the House and Senate have crossed over and voted with Democrats to reopen the federal government and raise the government's borrowing limit.

The Senate vote was 81-18 and the House vote was 285-144.

The legislation will permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer and fund the government through Jan. 15.

Arizona lawmakers are reacting to the deal.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ issued this statement after voting no on accepting the so called "compromise" bill from the Senate:

"Tonight the American people lost again-- in a vote for a short-term deal that doesn't address our long-term solutions. Every election cycle we hear both parties talking tough about real cuts, balancing the budget and reducing spending--but when the fight gets tough, people start to waiver giving in to promises for 'next time.'

"There was much talk recently about default . Indeed we have now seen a default in civility, bipartisanship and in an independent and credulous media.

"Tonight's vote represents the worst type of compromise--a compromise of principles. Our debt, our deficit and our path to insolvency was not altered--indeed it was hastened.

"I was elected to tackle our nation's toughest problems but wasn't given that chance during this fight. Instead, our nation's President and the Senate Majority Leader used extreme measures to force a bloated government full of waste, fraud and abuse to continue with business as usual. This fight has been about the future economic health and principled direction of our nation. Obamacare is not workable. Right now people can't even log on. We can't afford Obamacare. It is one more entitlement that will cause our financial failure. It is harming families across our nation; they deserve better! This fight has been about understanding that we cannot continue to spend, spend, spend! We must start planning for our nation's future, this is an adult moment.

I'm disappointed but I am not defeated. The fight continues."

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, and 15 other members of the bipartisan, freshman United Solutions Caucus released the following statement in support of the Reid/McConnell plan to end the government shutdown and avoid default:

"We the undersigned, as Members of the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus, endorse the plan announced today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and urge it come to the House Floor expeditiously.

"The United Solutions Caucus is composed of first-term Members of both parties, determined to work together across the aisle to solve problems. During the current crisis we have kept these lines of communication open and discussed possible ways forward.

"The legislation announced by Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell is supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and it would end the current crisis. No legislation can be all things to all people, but we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Passing this bill today also will not stop the honest debate between Members of Congress about important budgetary issues.

"Therefore, it is in everyone's best interest for the legislation authored by Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell to come to the House Floor without delay. Let the House work its will and provide our country an opportunity to move forward."

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-AZ, reacted this way:

"I have been very clear from the beginning of this debate, I would have supported a resolution that accomplished three objectives: ended the government shutdown, protected Arizonans from the devastating effects of Obamacare and reduced our government's addiction to spending before we increased our borrowing authority and added to a $17 trillion debt.

"While this bill does end the shutdown, it fails to offer any protection for my constituents from Obamacare, nor does it put in place systematic reforms to change the trajectory of our mandatory spending. Consequently, I cannot support it.

"Sadly, the reality is this bill does what Washington is good at - kick the can down the road for another day.

"This is a shame. Yet another opportunity for the President and Congress to come together, address our problems and enact reforms to put America on the right path has been wasted.

"The President said he would negotiate with Republicans only after Congress ended the shutdown and lifted the debt ceiling. After tonight's vote and upon his signing this bill into law, he'll have an opportunity to make good on that promise.

"Obamacare's start has been nothing but a disaster. More Americans are learning each day that their healthcare premiums are rising, their network of physicians is being restricted and their hours at work are being cut. Even worse, Americans are still being forced into this disaster despite the fact that big corporations, Congress and the President and his administration are exempted.

"At the same time, our national debt continues to rise at a rate of over $3 billion per day.

"The American people elected us to work together and find solutions to these problems, not kick the can down the road and leave it for our children and grandchildren to solve.

"I remain 100% committed to working with anyone, Republican, Democrat or Independent, to provide protection and fairness under Obamacare and finally put an end to the fiscal recklessness and irresponsibility that plagues the future of our nation."

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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