Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who serves Cerritos and Artesia, released a statement on the reopening of the federal government following a face down over the Affordable Care Act.
The stalemate ended after 16 days with President Obama signing a bipartisan bill into law that raised the nation’s debt ceiling. The new bill funds the federal government through Jan. 15 and extends the country’s debt limit until February 7, wrote officials from Knabe's office.
Below is the Knabe's issued the following statement in response:
“While we all breathe another sigh of relief that the government shutdown was averted, again, we know this is only short-term. There is no victory here, for either party or for any branch of government. We got through another deadline, but didn’t solve any of the big challenges facing our nation.
Our elected officials in Washington need to develop a long-term strategic budget by working together. If they need a lesson in how this is done, they can see the example of local governments across this nation who cannot play these games, but must solve the problems impacting their communities.
This go-round had Los Angeles County a few short weeks away from not being able to provide those most in need with the basic necessities of food and shelter. These are people who are struggling to make ends meet and feed their families in an economy which has still not recovered. It is my hope that in the next few months, we will see more courage from leaders in Washington to put partisan grandstanding aside and do the tough work of negotiation and problem-solving so that we don’t face this situation yet again in January.”