After more than a week of the government being shut down, Congressman Rob Andrews told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he believes a compromise needs to be reached between the Democratic and Republican parties to end the government shutdown.
The two parties would vote in favor of the bill, Andrews said, but Speaker John Boehner will not put the Senate Bill on the house floor to end the government shutdown.
Andrews said that the Speaker has a history of saying that he will not move bills to the Senate but then does it anyway. “At the end of the day, on the tax bill on New Year’s Day, the supplemental release for New Jersey and other states with the Sandy and the Violence Against Women’s Act, he went forward and did it anyway and I believe that he will do that here,” said Andrews.
Andrews thinks that the bill should go forward and be put up to a vote because it would pass and negotiation and compromise needs to be reached between the two parties. The Democrat’s position on the matter is that they want to get rid of across-the-board spending cuts, called a sequester, and keep the health care bill in place. The Republicans, on the other hand, want to keep the across the board spending cuts but get rid of the health care bill.
“The Senate bill keeps the Republican spending cuts in place. They got what they wanted but it keeps the health care bill in place. So the two big items on the table, the Republicans got one, the Democrats got the other, that’s the essence of a compromise,” said Andrews.
Americans are expressing outrage and frustration with Congress right now and Andrews said that they are justified in feeling that way because he thinks that Congress should be judged by the results they produce, and the results are not good right now.
Andrews said, “I think the right result, which is getting the government reopened, getting a sensible budget compromise, is up to one guy, one man. And if Speaker Boehner lets that vote come up, it will pass, and this will be behind us and we will move on and try to get the country’s other business done.”