From U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois -
"Today Congress put country over party. I was proud to be a part of the bipartisan group led by Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, which laid the foundation for this agreement to reopen our government and protect America's full faith and credit. As the debate moves forward in the coming weeks over spending and debt, it is my hope both parties will continue working together on a 'big deal' with spending cuts and reforms to entitlements and the tax code so that we can give our markets and the American people the stability they need and deserve."
From Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06):
“Tonight I voted to open the government, remove the threat of default and begin a process where both parties sit down and work on a long-term budget agreement that addresses our crushing debt and deficits. It is my hope that President Obama and Congressional Democrats join us in combating the almost $17 trillion debt that is holding back our economy and diminishing the future prosperity of our children and grandchildren.
“I will continue to fight for fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law, work to protect individuals from the worst parts of the law and seek solutions to create a patient-centered, cost effective healthcare system that does not put bureaucrats between individuals and their health care providers.”
From Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16) -
“House Republicans fought to the brink to protect hardworking Americans from the higher premiums and reduced coverage that Obamacare is already forcing on them. However, surpassing our debt threshold would be incredibly damaging to our already weak economy and harm millions of Americans who are struggling just to make ends meet. Simply put, I am not willing to put the entire American economy at risk to dismantle a law that is already crumbling before our eyes.
“While I have expressed my reservations about certain strategic decisions in this fight, it is undeniable that House Republicans are committed to restoring fiscal sanity to Washington, including maintaining the reduced spending levels that we fought so hard for in 2011. Though Republicans and Democrats have very different ideas on how to get our economy up and running again, I am hopeful that future negotiations will be serious and constructive discussions about how to rein in spending and get millions of Americans back to work.”
Quote from the LA Times: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) blamed House conservatives for the failure. “It’s been about 30 people that make their money on not hanging with the team. And so that’s on them,” he said.
Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) -
Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois said the lesson of the episode was that Boehner should cut out the far-right flank and work with centrist Democrats.