WYOMING – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill got done today what eluded them all weekend. The House followed up the Senate’s earlier passage today of a temporary funding bill that will allow the federal government to operate through February 8.
Congressman Liz Cheney gave the following speech on the House floor over the weekend urging the Democrats in the Senate and House to pass legislation to fund the men and women in uniform and end the government shutdown.
“Mr. Speaker, I understand why our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are having a hard time keeping track of their arguments. We watched yesterday the distinguished minority whip stand up and stay we ought to do our work and then move to adjourn.
We watched today, Mr. speaker, repeatedly, while our colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim that they believe in providing funding for the children’s health insurance plan, yet they voted against it. We watched repeatedly, Mr. Speaker, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle go down the list of all the damages that’s being done by this shutdown but they won’t end the shutdown.
We agree this shutdown is absolutely unconscionable in these circumstances. Every time, Mr. Speaker, a member on the other side of the aisle who failed to vote for all 12 of those appropriations bills that we put on the floor and we passed through this house stands up and talks about us doing our job needs to look in the mirror, Mr. Speaker. Because we have done our job and in particular, Mr. Speaker, when it comes to the defense of this nation we have no higher obligation or sacred duty or responsibility in this House than to provide funding for our men and women in uniform.
With all due respect, Mr. Speaker, when I hear my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say things like, our military will be just fine under this shutdown. I would remind them that we have young men and women in uniform on the frontlines right now who are putting their lives on the line for all of us and they are not getting paid because Chuck Schumer and the Democrats in the Senate are refusing to be in a position where they will let this government reopen.
I am sure that our colleagues don’t want us to remember and remind the American people what they have done or what they are leaders have said but we will do it every single time until this absolutely unconscionable, complete dereliction of our duty stops. End this shutdown and fund our troops. I yield back.”
US Sen. Mike Enzi
“I voted to avoid a government shutdown and fund a critical health insurance program for low-income children, but sadly the bill failed to advance. While short-term funding bills are not ideal, at this time it is certainly better than the alternative, which could mean limiting services for military families, veterans and countless other Americans. And it appears that some of my colleagues are unwilling to fund the government not because they oppose what is in the bill, but because of unrelated demands on immigration. Congress should continue its bipartisan negotiations on border security and immigration, but in the meantime should not hold government funding hostage over it. I hope my colleagues will reassess their priorities.”
US Sen. John Barrasso
Today, the Senate passed a continuing resolution to reopen the government. Senate Democrats finally realized that their pointless shutdown failed to do anything but inflict unnecessary pain on the American people. Voting to reopen the government was the right thing to do.
The bill also extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. This will provide certainty for Wyoming families who rely on it for health care. As a doctor, I know how valuable this program is for more than 7,000 children in Wyoming. Now we can get back to focusing on properly funding our military, spending caps and finding a solution for immigration.