Illinois Politicians React to the Federal Shutdown

The federal government was on track to be reopened Monday after Senate Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement to end a filibuster. Here’s a look at what some of Illinois' congressional delegation has said on the matter —

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk, January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers are convening for a Sunday session to try to resolve the government shutdown. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Durbin voted yes to break the Senate filibuster. Following the vote, Durbin released the following statement: “We have gathered the largest bipartisan group of Senators to ever commit to moving forward on the Dream Act and immigration. We have a process. I believe that that sets the stage for us to work together. For the first time in five years, we will have a debate on the floor of the Senate on the Dream Act and immigration.To all the Dreamers who are watching today: don’t give up. I know that your lives are hanging in the balance on what we do here on Capitol Hill and with the White House. Three weeks from now, I hope to be joining you in celebrating the passage, with you and your families and your communities, of a measure which will strengthen America and give you an opportunity to be part of our future.”
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Duckworth voted yes to break the Senate filibuster. She later released a statement focused on national security, saying: “The Pentagon is not shy about how much short-term budgeting measures damage our Armed Forces and military readiness. It has become painfully obvious—not only during this preventable shutdown but throughout the entire last year—that Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are either unable or unwilling to lead the nation or compromise. This is not an ideal outcome nor do I believe it is helpful for the troops downrange who deserve better, but I voted yes today because I believe this agreement will give those of us in the middle—including the 12 Senate Republicans who are taking a stand against the President’s extremist hard line—the time we need not just to find a deal that protects Dreamers, but one that also provides the full-year certainty our military is asking for, provides critical resources for our Veterans, funds community health centers and fulfills our promise to millions of pensioners in Illinois.”
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Rush voted no, releasing a statement that reads: “Since Congressional Republicans gained the majority, it has become clear to the American people that they cannot govern effectively. The passage of this, the fourth continuing resolution, is proof of their incompetence. As I have said before, we are here because Republicans — who control the House, the Senate, and the White House — were unable to pass a full-year government spending bill in 2017. They are doing nothing but, once again, kicking the can down the road because their conference is consumed with confusion and chaos and are led by a President who has been on ‘Executive Time’ and refuses to engage honestly with Democrats. Make no mistake about it, this funding legislation is filled with insufficiencies that do not address the priorities of the American people. The CR still does not adequately fund Community Health Centers, permanently reauthorize CHIP, address the opioid epidemic, or provide help to the DREAMers counting on DACA to protect their futures. Why should we trust Republican leadership to act on DACA? Why should we trust Republican leadership to provide long term health care to children? Why should we trust Republican leadership to address an ongoing health crisis? Why should we trust Republican leadership to do what is in the interest of our families’ futures? They have all but proven themselves to be dishonest brokers time and time again. That is why I voted NO. These priorities must be fully addressed and resolved because that is what the American people sent us here to do. Accordingly, I will continue to join my Democratic colleagues to fight for these principles and ensure that they are enacted.”
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After condemning “another manufactured GOP shutdown” on Saturday, Kelly tweeted that she was “Standing w/ my @OfficialCBC colleagues in opposing this joke of a CR,” referring to the Continuing Resolution now set to be voted on Monday. “American families deserve a real budget that reflects their needs,” Kelly said.
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No word from Lipinski yet on the Senate agreement, but, on Saturday, he tweeted: “Washington status quo of bickering and gridlock led to the #shutdown. This is unacceptable. I’m at a #bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus meeting trying to find a solution.” On Friday, he also retweeted a press release from the House Blue Dog Coalition, which read: “One party controls both chambers of Congress and the White House, and has managed to recreate a situation where no one wins. Our men and women in uniform aren’t getting paid for their work, we still don’t have a long-term budget., we don’t have the necessary funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers, and DREAMers continue to live in fear and uncertainty that they will be deported through no fault of their own.
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Gutiérrez voiced his disappointment with the Senate agreement Monday, reaffirming his commitment to not vote for any budget without explicit Dreamer protections. His statement: “This simply kicks the can down the road with no assurance that we will protect Dreamers from deportation or fight Republican attempts to curtail or eliminate legal immigration. I have said since September – when Trump killed DACA – that I will not vote for a long-term or short-term spending bill that fails to protect the Dreamers. We will not fund their deportation and we will not exchange their safety for the deportation of others or for the prohibition of others to enter legally.”
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No word from Quigley on the Senate agreement. On Monday morning, he tweeted: “Day 3 of #TrumpShutdown & Dems' priorities remain the same: Addressing #opioidepidemic; funding #vets’ services; reauthorizing #CHIP; saving Americans’ pensions; protecting #DREAMers; strong disaster relief; budget that funds military & domestic investments that keep U.S. strong.”
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In response to the Senate agreement, Roskam said: "There are no winners when the government shuts down and I’m pleased to see that cooler, more reasonable heads prevailed today in the Senate when they voted overwhelmingly to re-open our government and maintain funding for children’s health, our military, the CDC and other vital government services. I look forward to continuing to negotiate bi-partisan solutions for the myriad of issues impacting the Sixth Congressional District and our nation."
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In response to the Senate agreement, Roskam said: "There are no winners when the government shuts down and I’m pleased to see that cooler, more reasonable heads prevailed today in the Senate when they voted overwhelmingly to re-open our government and maintain funding for children’s health, our military, the CDC and other vital government services. I look forward to continuing to negotiate bi-partisan solutions for the myriad of issues impacting the Sixth Congressional District and our nation."
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Hours before the Senate agreement, Schakowsky sent out a series of tweets, combined as follows: “Here we are on the third day of the #TrumpShutdown. The first time in American history when our government has shut down while one party has control of the House, Senate, and White House. Here we are on the third day of the #TrumpShutdown. The first time in American history when our government has shut down while one party has control of the House, Senate, and White House. Democrats are ready and willing to work on bipartisan solutions to end the Trump shutdown. I firmly believe that our priorities have bipartisan support. If proposals like a reauthorization of Community Health Centers, the Butch Lewis Act to protect pensions, the Dream Act, or disaster relief funds were to come to the House floor, I’m sure they would pass. What we need now is the willingness from President Trump and Republican leadership to put the priorities of the American people above their partisan objectives. Let’s get to work.”
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After speaking on the House floor and urging a bipartisan solution to end the shutdown, Schneider tweeted: “I’m pleased the Senate just reached a deal reopening the government and allowing negotiations toward a full-year budget to continue. I intend to support it. Congress needs to use these next three weeks to reach a responsible long-term funding bill and address other urgent priorities, including protecting DREAMers.”
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No word yet following the senate agreement, but Kinzinger released this statement from Monday morning, joined by House Republicans Rodney Davis (IL-13), John Shimkus (IL-15), Peter Roskam (IL-06), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Mike Bost (IL-12) and Darin LaHood (IL-18): “At noon today, Senators Durbin and Duckworth will have another opportunity to allow a vote to fund our government. We are urging them to take this opportunity. This bill will re-open our government, ensure our military members are paid, fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, and allow us to deal with all of the issues at hand. It’s extremely difficult to govern when the government is not open. The longer they wait and play their political games, the more damage they cause our country and the American people.”
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