WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement:

“I ran for Congress to stop the Washington spending spree and put the nation’s fiscal house in order.  Unfortunately, this legislation does not accomplish what the people of the Sixth Congressional District elected me to do: reform government, reduce spending and hold Washington accountable to the American people. 

"I want to re-open the government and I am committed to avoiding default.  In fact, I voted 26 times to fund the government or otherwise prevent a shutdown.  I have also voted to raise the debt ceiling with my vote for the No Budget No Pay Act.

"But it would be unfair to young people and the next generation to raise the debt ceiling without getting government spending under control. 

"President Obama says we need to pay our bills.  I agree. But raising the debt limit without reforming government isn’t paying our bills.  It’s asking China and our other creditors to pay our bills for us. Opening up a new credit card without getting government spending under control isn’t avoiding default, it’s just delaying default."