01.20.18

Gardner votes AGAINST Government Shutdown and FOR Six Years of CHIP Funding for Colorado's Children

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Gardner voted today to keep the government open. The vote failed in the U.S. Senate.

Additionally, the Continuing Resolution included a six-year reauthorization of CHIP funding. Those who voted in opposition shut down the government and prevented CHIP funding from being extended for six years.

“Opposing this funding legislation is support for a government shutdown, and I believe that approach is unacceptable for Coloradans,” said Gardner. “I voted to keep the government open because our military, veterans, children’s health insurance programs, and fundamental government services like opioid treatment centers should not be held hostage for political reasons. I will continue to work with any of my colleagues who are interested in finding a long-term solution to fund our government.

“I will also continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle to gain support for bipartisan immigration reform that includes border security measures and protections for Dreamers, but shutting down the government over the issue won’t get us closer to a solution,” continued Gardner.

Senator Gardner was a major opponent of the 2013 shutdown. He voted for every spending measure to keep the government open. In 2013, Democrats also opposed shutting down the government and insisted on a clean spending bill. What’s the difference now?

What were Democrats saying during the shutdown in 2013

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “…basically, it's sort of like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then, says, let's negotiate over the price of your house. You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 10/6/13)

-SEN. SCHUMER: “You cannot negotiate with a hostage situation like that. You cannot negotiate with a gun to your head.” (CNN, 10/7/13)

-“‘I’ll give you the basic line,’ Mr. Schumer relented after twice declining to comment on the shutdown situation. ‘The basic line is: No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that.’” (“Chuck Schumer Slams Republican ‘Fanatics’ In Federal Shutdown Fight,” NY Observer, 9/29/2013)

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “I join the American people in their disgust in what happened in terms of the shut down of government. That’s an unthinkable tactic to use in a political debate.” (ABC News’ “This Week,” 10/20/2013) 

“‘I call them 'legislative arsonists',’ [Pelosi] said. ‘They're there to burn down what we should be building up in terms of investments and education and scientific research, and all that it is that makes our country great and competitive.’” (“Pelosi Calls Republicans 'Legislative Arsonists' Over Government Shutdown,” Guardian, 9/22/2013)

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