Alexander: Shutdown Is a Failure of Negotiators, Both Democrat and Republican

Posted on December 25, 2018

“A government shutdown should be as off limits in budget negotiations as chemical weapons are in warfare.”- Lamar Alexander 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., December 25, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement:

“I want to make sure Tennesseans know, as I have said from its beginning, that I believe there is no excuse whatsoever for this partial government shutdown. When the government shut down under President Obama, I said that I was elected to make the government work for taxpayers, not to shut it down. The same is true under President Trump. This shutdown wastes taxpayer dollars, adds uncertainty to the economy and hurts small businesses around our national parks.  A government shutdown should be as off limits in budget negotiations as chemical weapons are in warfare. This shutdown is a failure by negotiators, both Democrat and Republican, and will produce a success for no one.”

On December 22, as the federal government was being partially shut down, Sen. Alexander said:

Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the partial government shutdown:

“There is no excuse for even a short-term, partial government shutdown. Shutting down the government should be as off limits to budget negotiations as chemical weapons are to warfare. I was not for a government shutdown under President Obama. I'm not for a government shutdown under President Trump.

“I was not elected to shut down the government, I was elected to make it work for taxpayers. This is a complete failure of negotiations and a success for no one.”

In 2015, when the government was shut down under President Obama, Sen. Alexander said:

“Shutting the government down as a way of expressing opposition to Planned Parenthood or any other contentious issue is not the right thing to do. The U.S. Congress is in the business of dealing with contentious issues. If we shut down the government every time a contentious issue came up, the government would never be open. We were not elected to shut down the government. We were elected to make the government work for the benefit of taxpayers who sent us here.”

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Lamar Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee, and he serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. For his full biography, click here.