North Carolina lawmakers split on shutdown vote

Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr (Official photos)
October 17, 2013 9:46:26 AM PDT
While both of North Carolina's senators voted to end the federal government shutdown Wednesday night, it wasn't unanimous in the House.

Republican Senator Richard Burr said he supported the deal and was critical of the push by some in his party to shut the government down.

"From the outset, I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable.  The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing," he said in a statement.

Burr said it is time to move on and "begin the reforms needed in our entitlement programs and the tax code, address the rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending, and get back to creating an environment that allows for economic expansion and job creation."

Democrat Senator Kay Hagan also criticized the shutdown, calling it completely unnecessary.

"I wasn't elected to shut down the government or play political games, and it's time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and get to work on a long-term, bipartisan and balanced plan to get our fiscal house in order, grow our economy and give certainty to families and business owners," she said.

But bipartisan deal did not win universal backing from North Carolina's House delegation.

Democrats G.K Butterfield, Mike McIntyre, David Price, and Mel Watt all voted yes.

Joining them were Republicans Howard Coble, Patrick McHenry and Robert Pittenger.

Republicans who voted no on ending the shutdown were Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx, George Holding, Richard Hudson, Walter Jones, and Mark Meadows.

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