Statement of Jim Conzelman, President & CEO of The Ripon Society

 On tonight’s agreement to reopen the government & raise the debt limit

“Winston Churchill once said that you can always count on the American people to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. After two weeks of seemingly trying everything else, Congress tonight did the right thing – and the American people are grateful as a result. But make no mistake – the American people are angry, too. Angry that it got to this point, angry that it took so long to reach an agreement, and angry that political ideology appeared to be getting the better of common sense. 

“Now that common sense has won the day, the challenge is to make sure that it also wins out in the weeks and months ahead, because – whether it’s reducing our debt, reforming our immigration system, or reshaping the Affordable Care Act in a way that really does control costs and serve all of the people — our problems are too great to let partisanship and ideology get the best of us again.” 

The Ripon Society is a public policy organization that was founded in 1962 and takes its name from the town where the Republican Party was born in 1854 – Ripon, Wisconsin. One of the main goals of The Ripon Society is to promote the ideas and principles that have made America great and contributed to the GOP’s success. These ideas include keeping our nation secure, keeping taxes low and having a federal government that is smaller, smarter and more accountable to the people.