Portman: Glad shutdown over, work still to do

Oct 17, 2013

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he's glad the government is reopen, that the country didn't go over the debt limit, and that Wednesday night's agreement included specific language about income verification in the Affordable Care Act.

But he's not satisfied.

"I am not happy that the legislation did nothing to deal with the underlying problem of overspending," he says. "I'm hopeful that in the time we have now between the (budget) conference committee getting started and January 15, that we would have the ability to come up with solutions for the obvious problem which is that the government continues to spend more than it takes in."

Portman says Republicans did their part, now it's time for the President to step up and negotiate. He says he wants to see real changes on mandatory spending programs and appropriations. As part of the budget committee he says he'll spend the time between now and mid-December pushing for tax reform.