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Gibson backs bipartisan deal

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, will vote in favor of compromise plan to restart the government and avoid default.

The bipartisan plan stems from negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate. Under the plan, the government would reopen through Jan. 15 and Treasury would be allowed to increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

"As he’s called for over the last month, this deal is a result of bipartisan negotiations – negotiations that should have happened a month ago had it not been for the refusal of the Senate Democrats and President to even have discussions," said Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle.

"As this potential deal indicates, in the end, all sides did indeed negotiate, and this shutdown never should have happened," she said. "Once negotiations started, an agreement was reached in a matter of several days. If these negotiations started earlier in September, instead of over 10 days after the start of the shutdown, we could have avoided this entire disappointing episode in our country’s history."

The government is facing default if it doesn't raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17.

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