EDITORIAL: Valley House delegation must vote to reopen government

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have hammered out a deal to end the first first government shutdown in 17 years and avert a debt default, it's time for the San Joaquin Valley's delegation in the House of Representatives to step up and OK the deal.

We are confident Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will vote to put federal employees back to work and open our national parks. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, told Politico that it was "possible" the entire 200-member Democratic caucus would back the Senate bill.

It remains to be seen what our Valley Republicans in Congress will do. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, has called the tea party architects of the attempt to defund Obamacare "lemmings with suicide vests."

But Nunes has still voted with the Republicans every step of the way on the shutdown. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock; Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay; Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford; and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, also have fruitlessly tried to defund Obamacare and thus played roles in the government shutdown.

We urge all of them to vote for the Senate bill.

Our nation's leaders need to focus on real problems instead of creating problems.

And our economy can't ill afford further needless economic hits inflicted by tea party members of Congress.