1. The government shutdown came to an end last night after the house voted 285-144 to fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt limit through February 7.
Eighty-seven Republicans voted with all the house Democrats to pass the legislation—which didn't, as the GOP had originally demanded, defund the Affordable Care Act. One hundred and forty-four Republicans voted against the legislation.
All of Washington state's GOP delegation voted for the bill, which had passed the senate earlier in the day 81-18.
Here's a quote from one of Washington state's Republican delegation, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8) and one of Washington state's Democratic delegation, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1).
Who said it?
A) “The deal brokered this week to re-open the government is an important breakthrough, but it is only a short-term solution. We must break the cycle of brinksmanship that has defined the dysfunction in Congress and instead work together to pursue reasonable solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges.
“I’m committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle to write a long-term budget that reduces the deficit in a responsible way and spurs job growth.”
B) "Tomorrow the government will be up and running and the United States will be able to pay its debts. I am glad that Congress has finally acted as our constituents have demanded. We already waited too long. I hope this agreement is a sign that both sides can work together in the coming weeks to get our economy going and find a long-term solution to our debt problems. We cannot continue to rely on a series of quick fixes."
Having trouble guessing whose quote is whose. Hint: Quote B was the full quote.
Here's the rest of the Quote A:
Thanks to a bipartisan vote that should have been allowed weeks ago, Congress is finally reopening the government and averting what could have been a disastrous default on our nation’s debt.
This shutdown never should have happened. It was an irresponsible, self-inflicted wound to our already fragile economy. It hurt businesses, working families, seniors, veterans and our public servants. It cost our economy hundreds of millions of dollars every day.
After weeks of enduring this unnecessary and completely preventable government shutdown, I’m glad that House leadership finally put the interests of the country above political ideology and allowed a vote to re-open the government and move us past the immediate crisis.
We must stop lurching from one manufactured crisis to the next.
Answer: Quote B is Rep. Reichert/Quote A is DelBene.
2. And while we're guessing who said it. Try another from yesterday:
“Unfortunately, the ... establishment is failing to listen to the people.”
Is it Mayor Mike McGinn or is it U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)?
3. Speaking of the mayor's race, former Seattle City Council member and the third place finisher in this year's mayoral primary, Peter Steinbrueck, who ran as the "neighborhood" candidate and hotly opposed the SoDo arena deal (because he believed it disrupted SoDo's industrial corridor), is doing a press conference with challenger Ed Murray this morning at a North Seattle coffee shop, Cloud City Coffee.
The press release from the Murray campaign this morning states: "Murray and Steinbrueck will discuss how Seattle can strengthen its neighborhoods and its industrial and manufacturing base."
The announcement doesn't say anything about an endorsement, but given what we reported yesterday (that Steinbrueck showed up in Murray's most recent campaign finance reports), presumably Steinbrueck is endorsing Murray this morning.
4. Fizz was happy to hear that at his speech last night in Suncadia at the annual Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce retreat, King County Executive Dow Constantine hyped the new book The Metropolitan Revoultion.
The book, co-authored by urbanist and Brookings Institute VP Bruce Katz, re-imagines federalism with metro regions—which produce 3/4 of the nation's GDP—as the centerpiece of the country. (It's an exciting book and one that Josh has clearly been reading ... you'll notice he ripped off some language from it in this week's post about McGinn's urbanist mindset on the soda tax).
Constantine reportedly walked through the three steps of a metro revolution, which have to do with turning regions like the Puget Sound into international trading and innovation hubs.
Also at the meeting: Freshman State Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-46, N. Seattle) won the Scott White Regional Leadership award, named after the late state Sen. Scott White.