Congresswoman Kay Granger today released the following statement after the passage of a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown and defund the new health care law:

“America needs a long-term budget solution that ends arbitrary spending reductions and goes after Obamacare.  This resolution gives Congress and the Administration time to come together on a comprehensive budget agreement that reflects the country’s priorities and puts us on a track to a balanced budget. It is the responsibility of Congress to keep the government open and working on behalf of the people.  We cannot afford a government shutdown that would weaken our national security, cut payments to our troops, and introduce more uncertainty into the economy.  I urge the Senate to consider this legislation as quickly as possible to avoid the damaging consequences.”