MO, IL lawmakers speak out after Senate vote on shutdown defeated

MO, IL lawmakers speak out after Senate vote on shutdown defeated
The bill would replay federal workers for lost wages and is almost identical to the legislation the Senate passed in December. (Source: Pixabay)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Bipartisian legislation sent to the Senate to end the government shutdown was defeated on Thursday, January 24. It would have temporarily reopened the government.

The bill would replay federal workers for lost wages and is almost identical to the legislation the Senate passed in December.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said it’s time to quit playing games.

“I supported compromise legislation today to fund the wall, strengthen border security, and reopen the government. But the outcome was just more partisan gameplaying and dysfunction. For over thirty days, Democrats have refused to negotiate on anything because they don’t want to work with President Trump. Practically half the Senate Democrats are running for President. They should quit posturing for 2020 and get serious about reopening the government and securing the border. This has gone on long enough.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)

Sen. Tammy Duckworth said the shutdown is leaving thousands of families in a bad situation.

“For 34 days, Donald Trump has held the paychecks of 800,000 federal workers and even more contractors hostage, leaving many families across our country in a terrible situation. Today, the Senate finally had a chance to end this unnecessary shutdown and let the government get back to work for the American people, but unfortunately many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who previously supported this Republican-authored legislation flipped their votes to side with Trump and keep the government shut down. A wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure our border, and Donald Trump needs to drop his ridiculous demands, remember that he promised to make Mexico pay for his needless wall and let us end this shutdown immediately.”
Sen. Tammy Duckwoth (D-IL)
“Over the past two weeks, I have visited air traffic controllers, federal prison guards, TSA agents, and other federal employees across Illinois who are the victims of the President’s shutdown.  There is no reason why these essential federal employees should continue to suffer while politicians in Washington bargain a compromise on border security.  That is why I voted to reopen the government for two weeks while we continue to debate smart and effective border security.  Unfortunately, not enough of my Republican colleagues joined this bipartisan effort, so the government will remain closed for now and federal employees will risk missing yet another paycheck. There are several Continuing Resolution options available to reopen the government.  I hope my Republican colleagues will join our call to open the government as soon as possible.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

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