WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning at 12:01a.m., October 1, 2013, the federal government officially shut down. In a vote early this morning, the U.S. House of Representatives worked to find a resolution to this problem, acting to appoint a select group of House Members to a Conference Committee with the Senate. Alaskan Congressman Don Young supported this measure, and issued the following statement afterwards:
“Tonight’s action by House Republicans is but the latest effort to bridge the gap between entrenched Senate Democrats and our body. People sometimes forget that, constitutionally, the House is an equal body to Senate. In instances like this one, where we do not agree, the House and Senate have historically gone to a Conference Committee to negotiate and resolve our differences. This is what we have done for years and what we will need to do to resolve this problem. It is my hope that the Senate will come to the table as soon as possible, negotiate in good faith, and maybe even suggest a new solution, instead of tabling the House’s ideas along party-line votes.
“I have been through several government shutdowns during my time here in Washington. They are never a good idea and we must try everything we can to find a resolution. We owe it to our servicemembers, our veterans, our federal workers, and to the American people to quickly resolve this issue and get the government back open for business. If there ever was a time for the President to step up and lead, this is that time.”