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Shelby, Sessions, Brooks, Aderholt, Roby Vote Against Bill to Lift Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON D.C. (WHNT) - The Senate and The House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday night to end the government shutdown and avert a possible default, however, Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, along with Congressmen Mo Brooks, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, and Congresswoman Martha Roby all voted against that measure.

Senator Shelby, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release that he is firmly opposed to the legislation.

“We should fund the government and safeguard the full faith and credit of the United States.  We should do both, however, by putting our nation on a more responsible fiscal path.  This legislation fails to do so,” said Shelby.

Shelby argued that this legislation “kicks the can down the road,” while U.S. spending continues and the national debt grows.

Sessions, the ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a press release that he wouldn’t support a measure that increased the debt limit without cutting spending.

“In the last five years, Washington spent more than $15 trillion and added more than $6 trillion to the debt. Never has so great a sum been spent for so little in return. Despite this huge stimulus spending, wages are lower than in 1999 and nearly 60 million working-age Americans aren’t working. Fewer people are employed today than in 2007,” said Sessions.

Sessions said his goal is to push for a national reform that serves working Americans.

“Now is not the time to pivot to the next issue. We’ll hit a new debt limit next year. We must stay focused on the central issue,” said Sessions.  “Struggling workers deserve a sound financial future – one with better wages, better incomes, and a better plan than borrowing money to mail more government checks.”

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) cited no answers to decades of financial irresponsibility and out of control spending as reasons why he voted against the bill to reopen the partially shutdown government and raise the debt ceiling.

“While it is good to fully open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, it is necessary that Washington do it in a financially responsible way,” said Brooks in a press release.  “Today’s Senate bill is financially irresponsible.  It further deteriorates America’s financial solvency and, over the long haul, creates an unhealthy funding environment that will slowly but surely bleed NASA and national defense of the money they need to carry out their missions.”