Friday | January 19, 2018

Scott: Democrats Own the Schumer Shutdown, Jeopardize Children’s Health Care and Military Funding

Washington – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below regarding Senate Democrats’ efforts to shut down the federal government.

“The Schumer Shutdown is a petty political game played by Senate Democrats to try and force action on a completely unrelated issue. A permanent fix for DACA recipients alongside increased border security is an important issue without a doubt, but this manufactured timeline created by Senate Democrats hurts millions of low-income children, our brave men and women in uniform, and the American people as a whole.

I do not like short-term budgeting, I never have and I have often been vocal in saying so. But we have a unique opportunity in front of us to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for longer than it has ever been extended since its creation, to make sure our Armed Forces have the support they need, and to keep the federal government open. I truly believe Senate Democrats on the whole want to do the same thing, which makes their games even more disappointing.

Let’s vote tonight, keep the federal government open, extend CHIP for six years, and show our military that we have their backs. I sincerely hope my colleagues on the left come to their senses – and quickly.”

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