Lawmakers react to government shutdown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) – Lawmakers have released statements following the government shutdown, that started at midnight, Saturday.

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) said, “This entire issue could have been avoided if Senate Democrats had worked with us. I joined my House colleagues days ago in sending the Senate a bill to keep our government open, provide for our national defense, pay our troops, and reauthorize CHIP for six years. Instead, Senate Democrats said no and stood fast in defending President Obama’s illegal immigration program,"

He went on to say, “I’m incredibly disappointed that these senators rejected the longest reauthorization of CHIP in the history of the program, as well as critical funding to keep our government open. I will keep working to reopen our government, help those affected, and pass a long-term reauthorization of CHIP – and I hope Senate Democrats will do the same.”

Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she's disappointed. “I am disappointed and frustrated that Senate Democrats voted to reject a bill that would provide critical resources for programs that so many West Virginians rely on—including CHIP. This legislation would have funded CHIP for the next six years, giving long-term relief to the families that depend on it. In West Virginia, 22,000 children rely on CHIP for their health insurance. It’s absolutely essential that we pass legislation to deliver funding for programs that serve so many West Virginians and provide certainty to the many working families that depend on CHIP."

“What we’ve seen instead are Democrats prioritizing legislation to address an illegal immigration issue over children’s health care and putting politics ahead of a bipartisan program that helps millions of families. What’s worse is they brought us to a government shutdown in the process. Shutting down the government is a completely fruitless and avoidable tactic, and it’s a disservice to the American people. I will continue working to pass legislation that funds the government; delivers a long-term CHIP solution; and provides needed resources to our military, veterans, seniors, and working families. I encourage my Democrat colleagues to do the same.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after voting to pass the continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown and keep the government open.

“Late tonight, I voted on the fourth short-term continuing resolution for FY2018 in order to keep the government open. While I voted for this continuing resolution because I refuse to support a government shutdown, it doesn’t mean I believe this should be the way we govern. We are already more than 3 months into FY2018 and we still don’t have a budget to fund our government for the rest of the fiscal year. Every time we pass another short-term funding bill, we put our national security at risk, we stall critical projects and throw our economy and our citizens into limbo. We have important work to do including ensuring our military is equipped to protect our country, fighting the opioid epidemic, keeping our promise to coal miners so they don’t lose their hard-earned pensions, fully funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers, expanding broadband access and passing a comprehensive infrastructure package."

“Funding the government is one of our most basic constitutional obligations and now because of partisan politics, the government will shut down. Governing this way is dangerous to our national security and embarrassing for both political parties. We must come together to do our job, and find a solution to reopen the government as soon as possible. I will work around the clock in order to get that done.”