Pennsylvania legislators released statements after Congress voted to end the government shutdown and avoid default.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa, voted for the measure:
"I am grateful that the Senate was able to move forward with a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and avoid default. Pennsylvanians deserve better than the irresponsible brinkmanship they saw over the last few weeks. I hope this experience will help change the tone in Washington and that members on both sides of the aisle will refocus their efforts on creating jobs and strengthening the economy. I intend to work immediately to push bipartisan legislation to help middle class families like my Small Business Tax Certainty and Growth Act."
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against the bill:
Toomey said he voted against "increasing America's debt burden because the legislation does nothing whatsoever to address the overspending problem that has caused our debt to mount. "The one major redeeming aspect of this bill is that it reopens the government. I disagreed with the plan to make funding the government contingent on defunding Obamacare and I am glad this bill will get the shutdown behind us. But I cannot support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without even a sliver of reform to start putting our fiscal house in order."
"Collectively, Washington has once again avoided the tough decisions needed to reduce our unsustainable debt and strengthen the economy for all Americans. This is a clear failure of leadership on behalf of the Obama administration and Congress. ... Although we'll all be glad when this current impasse is over, the fundamental issues at hand remain unchanged: We're nearly $17 trillion in debt and are in the process of bankrupting programs like Social Security and Medicare. Democrats and Republicans must finally end the process of kicking these difficult issues down the road for someone else to deal with. Our debt is hurting our ability to create family-sustaining jobs right now. It's a national security threat and it's making us uncompetitive globally. We simply can't keep spending money we don't have."