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Rep. John Ratcliffe statement on Senate Democrats’ vote to shut down the government

Washington, DC, January 20, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement on the Senate Democrats’ refusal to vote for House-passed legislation to keep the federal government open:

“It is absolutely shameful that Senate Democrats chose to abandon the top responsibilities of the federal government by voting for a shutdown. This fails our men and woman in uniform, hurts our veterans and puts vulnerable children at risk.

“My House Republican colleagues and I fulfilled our duty to avoid this mess, but now Senate Democrats are placing political gamesmanship ahead of serving the American people. Let’s not forget that, in the last year, we passed 12 appropriations bills through regular order before the Sept. 30 deadline – each of which was held up in the Senate.Make no mistake – any shutdown is the direct result of inexcusable obstructionism by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. America deserves better.”