Local federal officials respond to federal government shutdown

Local federal officials respond to federal government shutdown

January 31, 2018 06:39 AM

News10NBC looked at what the people who received a majority of votes in our area said following the federal government’s partial shutdown early Saturday morning. 

The following are direct quotes they made via statements, or verified Facebook or Twitter posts, after the shutdown began:

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President Donald Trump (R) (via White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press release statement):

“Senate Democrats own the #SchumerShutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

Senate Minority Leader and U.S. Senator from New York Charles Schumer (D) via Twitter:

"This will be called the #TrumpShutdown. There is no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump."

U.S. Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand (D) via Twitter:

“Instead of protecting Dreamers, renewing health insurance for millions of children, and tackling the real problems hurting our families, the president and his enablers in Congress have manufactured a government shutdown.”

“Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. No matter how they spin this shutdown, we know what happened: They abandoned their responsibility.”

27th Congressional District Rep. Chris Collins (R) via Facebook and news release:

“Chuck Schumer and the liberal left have just shut down the government and voted against extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), taking away important benefits from millions of low-income children. The House of Representatives did our job, and I am outraged that the Senate has used such a costly and unnecessary tactic for purely political purposes. Senate Democrats need to take responsibility for withholding pay from our troops, wasting taxpayer money, and harming Western New York families. House Republicans did our job and we will work tirelessly to clean up this mess.”

25th District Congressional Rep, Louise Slaughter (D) via Facebook:

“It’s now midnight and our great government is closed for business. This is the first time in history that the government has shut down when a single party controls the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Like my Democratic colleagues, I am still in Washington, D.C. ready to craft a comprehensive, bipartisan plan for addressing the needs of the American people. Time is up. Republicans must get to work.”

23rd District Congressional Rep. Tom Reed (R) via press release:

"The unfortunate government shutdown is further proof that the extremes on both sides of the aisle continue to focus on their own self interests and not the needs of the American people. I am deeply disappointed these extremists, who are refusing to compromise, have prevailed. I want to assure people that I will not stop working until a solution is found.

"In the meantime, our office will remain open, accessible and able to help as many people as possible with the things they need such as social security checks, Medicare, or veterans issues. 

"In Washington, we continue to work out the details of a bipartisan solution. This week, the Problem Solvers Caucus, which I co-chair, held a bipartisan meeting with over 50 House and Senate members looking to bring stability to government and solve the problems we face.These issues include addressing our spending priorities like the Children's Health Insurance Program and paying our men and women in uniform. We also must address our failing immigration policies."

As of 9:49 a.m.,  24th Congressional District Rep. John Katko had not release a statement. If and/or when those statements come, News10NBC will update this report.


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