Denham, who represents Modesto, Manteca, Oakdale and Tracy in the 10th Congressional District, was one of 144 members of the House of Representatives, all Republican, who cast a no vote on Oct. 16 for House Resolution 2775.
“My no vote was different than most other Republicans’,” Denham said in a phone interview Tuesday, Oct. 22. “We’ve got to not only eliminate our debt, but we’ve got to have Republicans and Democrats coming together on passing budgets. It’s been five years since we’ve had a budget.”
Denham called the debt “unpatriotic.”
“We’re at 17 trillion dollars,” the congressman said. “We’ve got to have a solution to this. Doesn’t have to be a Republican solution or a Democrat solution, but we need a bipartisan solution that will end this once and for all.”
Denham said the approximately 1,200 civilian workers at Defense Depot San Joaquin, 600 Tracy employees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and numerous unemployed local residents affected by the shutdown are very important to him.
“I will continue to vote to support them, as I did on many different votes,” Denham said. “But at the end of the day, Republicans and Democrats need to work together and this president needs to show leadership to get both parties in both houses to work together.”
Denham said he might have voted to end the shutdown if President Barack Obama would have committed to support recommendations from the budget conference committee of the House and Senate.
“I just needed to hear one of two things: either there was some real teeth in this conference committee ... or the president actually coming out and saying he would accept whatever comes out of that committee,” he said.
Denham suggested that selling off unused federal property would raise a lot of money for the nation.
• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at 830-4231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.