Several Ark. congressmen support reopening gov't

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Several members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say they plan to vote for legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default.

    Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack plan to vote for the measure, as do Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman.

    Griffin said Wednesday that the measure isn't perfect, but he said it would reopen the government and get people back to work. His full statement is as follows:

    "I support the Senate's bipartisan bill to end the shutdown and protect our country's credit rating. I've said from the beginning that shutting down the government is terrible policy, and risking the full faith and credit of the United States will do nothing to help dig our children out from under the massive burden of debt that is crushing their future. My focus has always been on working with anyone who is willing to find a real, long-term solution to Washington's spending addiction, and this short-term bill is a responsible-but definitely imperfect-step toward that goal."

    Pryor said in a statement that he's proud to be part of the bipartisan coalition of senators that laid the groundwork for measure. His statement is as follows:

    "Today the Senate reached a responsible agreement to reopen our government and prevent our nation from defaulting on its obligations. I was proud to be part of the bipartisan coalition of senators that laid the groundwork for this common-sense solution. As I've said before, if we want to get things done in Washington, we must work together. We cannot allow a few irresponsible members of U.S. House of Representatives to play games with our nation's future. It's time to turn off the rhetoric and get back to work on our priorities-creating jobs, growing our economy, and responsibly reducing our debt and cutting spending. This agreement gives us the blueprint to accomplish these goals."

    U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) said he will vote for a bipartisan bill that ends the government shutdown and avoids default on our nation's financial obligations. His full statement is as follows:

    "The government shutdown and the debt ceiling are two major issues with very serious impacts. Already, Arkansas's seniors, veterans, families and businesses are feeling the effects of shutdown. This bipartisan solution ends the unnecessary pains caused by the shutdown and avoids the potentially dramatic hit to the savings and pensions of hardworking Arkansans," Boozman said. "This agreement extends through the first of the year which allows us to continue negotiating on debt and deficit reduction while chipping away at Obamacare."

    Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on the Senate's spending and debt limit legislation:

    "I supported legislation tonight to prevent Barack Obama from risking a default on our national debt and to open parts of the government that were temporarily shut down. This bill is far from perfect, but it preserves annual spending caps and allows for more negotiation to stop Washington's out-of-control spending. Senate Democrats have fought hard for more spending and to protect Obamacare at all costs. They even voted to keep Congress's special Obamacare exemption rather than keeping the government open. I'll use the time provided by this bill to keep fighting for Arkansas taxpayers who also want to be protected from Obamacare, as well as real spending reforms."

    The shutdown began Oct. 1.

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