Transcript: Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Illinois) remarks on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2775 to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling – Oct. 16, 2013

Partial transcript Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Illinois) remarks on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2775 to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling on Oct. 16, 2012:

So many times throughout the history of the United States, it has taken the United States Senate to resolve national challenges and to resolve the national debate. It happened again tonight on the floor of the United States Senate.

More than 80 Senators from both political parties stood up and ended this 15 day ordeal that has been suffered by the people of the United States of America, by federal workers, and by those who depend on their good service.

I can’t describe to you the feeling on the floor during the course of these two votes – the bipartisanship, the camaraderie, the friendship that I felt. There was such a relief from we’ve been through. Let’s pray that this is just the beginning, and I think it is.

I think there’s determination here to take this bipartisanship even further. We’ve seen it during the course of this year in the comprehensive immigration bill, passage of the farm bill, and now the Senate – the bipartisan Senate – rose to the occasion and broke this deadlock. It took the leadership of the Senate to do it. We’ve got to continue to show that leadership.

And we have to hope that the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other members as well will watch carefully as the American react, will watch carefully and understand their responsibility now to work with us in a bipartisan fashion to solve our problems.

One of the saddest part of today was to pick up the morning paper and read Republican House members say, “Well, we won this battle.” Honest to goodness, how can they possibly say that? This is not a win when it comes to the losses of federal employees and the services across our country. We have to come up with real victories for the American people. To help this economy move forward and create jobs, to solve the problems that face us, that’s why we were sent here.

I want to thank Harry Reid, my colleagues – Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and [Patty] Murray. Many of us take credit. The lion share of the credit goes to this man from Searchlight, Nevada. I can’t get over his determination, his patience, and his energy throughout this. You’ll never know – you will never know – how much he put in to make this a success.

And Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, who stepped up to be his partner when it really counted.

So I’m happy for the Senate tonight. I’m happy for the nation. But let us make sure that this is just the beginning.

 

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