|Breaking down the vote|
|U.S. SENATE||Total rollcall vote:||81 yeas (52 Democrats, 27 Republicans)|
18 nays (0 Democrats, 18 Republicans)
|Area senators:||Sen. Bill Nelson (D- Florida) - yea|
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) - nay
Sen. Saxby Chamblis (R-Georgia) - yea
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia - yea
|U.S. HOUSE||Total rollcall vote:||285 yeas, (198 Democrats, 87 Republicans)|
144 nays, (144 Republicans, 0 Democrats)
|Area congress members:||Yeas: Corrine Brown, Ander Crenshaw|
Nays: Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho, Jack Kingston
Northeast Florida's two freshmen Congressmen voted against the bill that passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday night Jacksonville's Republican representative voted with the majority to allow the federal government to reopen and the debt limit to be extended.
Hours after the vote, Rep. Ander Crenshaw was in Jacksonville, talking with people at the First Coast Defense Contractor's Expo who were directly impacted by the government shutdown.
"I think all the people that work in the defense field were impacted," Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw seemed to console many of those at the expo, and suggested he is committed to making sure they don't have to worry about another government shutdown in January.
"I didn't agree with all the tactics Republicans were using... but at the end of the day, we had a chance to vote to reopen the government... to make sure we didn't default on your national debt... and had chance to preserve the savings we've put in place over the past two years," Crenshaw said. "I thought that was important. That would have been my focus all along."
"The fact that we've extended our debt limit - we can function as a government," Crenshaw said. "But more importantly, we're going to spend those three months doing some fundamental structural changes ... dealing with entitlements, dealing with discretionary funding. And that's how we're going to get a handle on this debt, that is just way too much."
Rep. Corrine Brown Brown remained in Washington, but cast northeast Florida's other "yea" vote to end the government shutdown, something she called useless and unnecessary.
"I think what happened was the most irresponsible thing in the 22 years I've been in Congress," Brown said. "I mean there was no reason for the government shutdown."
Other reactions to Wednesday night's vote:
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) made the following comment on the debt deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default:
“Thank goodness, not just for the thousands and thousands of Americans who have been hurting because of the disruption in government services, but thank goodness for our nation’s economic well-being.
“I’m relieved about this shutdown being over and certainly relieved that we have avoided a default of the financial integrity of this country, but this never should have happened in the first place. A couple of senators and a handful of House extremists have managed to embarrass America in front of the world.
“And with this government shutdown and coming right to the precipice on a default, they showed a lack of compassion but they also showed a lack of understanding about what it means to be a public official and what it means to represent and serve the interests of all, not just a few.
“A public office is a public trust. And no public servant should ever deny government services to people in need. No public servant should ever take his own country hostage to advance his own narrow, selfish ideology.
“So for now, we can breathe a sigh of relief. But this is going to crank up again, starting in December, January and February – the deadlines of this agreement. We just can’t keep continuing putting our country in situations like this. We’ve got to find a way, right soon, to govern ourselves without being at the mercy of a few partisan extremists. Congress has a responsibility to cast aside extremism and reach out to find common ground, reason and common sense. We owe no less to our people in this country."
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) released the following statement after the House voted to extend the continuing resolution at current funding levels:
“Tonight’s vote will reopen the government and keep spending numbers at current levels until January 15, 2014, giving Congress the opportunity to properly finish the appropriations process and maintain the sequester savings. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact meaningful long term reforms that truly address our spending and debt crises.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:
“I’m relieved that the U.S. Senate worked together in a bipartisan manner to make it possible for us to reopen the government to serve all the American people and prevent a default on our debt.
“After 16 days of a government shutdown, at long last we figured out a way to put partisan politics aside in order to fund our government and pay our bills so that we can protect the full faith and credit of the United States.