In one of his first stops after returning to our area this morning, South Jersey's Representative in the House, Congressman Frank Lobiondo stopped by NBC 40's studios to fill us in on the latest regarding the reopening of the government and what the agreement will mean for South Jersey.
Lobiondo voted in favor of the deal made last night to reopen the government and increase the country's debt limit, but cautioned that this is only a temporary solution and both parties need to come together to find a solution.
"While we're pleased, most of us are pleased anyhow that we're avoiding a catastrophe that has never happened in the history of our country and we have the government back up and running, it's a very short term deal. So I think it's going to be time for all parties who said that they're willing to come to the table and put their best effort forward that this is going to happen, including the president of the united states." Stated Lobiondo.
He also said that he really wants to put everything on the table and reach some long term agreement so if parties of good will can do that it will be a good thing for the country and we can reach a long term agreement.
The congressman went on to say that while the constitution required that he be paid throughout the shutdown, today he sent that money back to the US Treasury.
He says throughout the shutdown, he was concerned about the effect on federal employees here in South Jersey.
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