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Camp Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Reopen Government, Extend Debt Ceiling

October 16, 2013
Washington, DC – Tonight, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) made the following statement after the House voted to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.
“I voted for the bill because it will reopen the government and prevent the country from defaulting on its debt, but this is a missed opportunity to address the underlying problems – a weak economy and a staggering amount of debt being run-up in Washington.  Too many families are still struggling in this economy, and they deserve a government that can work together to tackle the tough issues.  One of the most important things Congress can do to strengthen the economy, encourage job creation, increase wages and reduce spending is to fix our broken tax code.  As Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I will continue to pursue commonsense, bipartisan reforms to simplify the tax code and improve our entitlement programs – both of which will help pay down the debt.”