Alexander Statement on Senate Democrat Government Shutdown

Posted on January 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2018 — Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement tonight after Senate Democrats voted down a bill to extend funding for six years for Tennessee’s CoverKids and fund other government programs until February 16:

“Tennesseans elected me to make the government work for taxpayers, not to shut it down. We are close to agreement on legislation to increase military spending, extend the children’s health insurance program, lower insurance rates for self-employed people, provide disaster relief and begin to deal with immigration issues. Democrats are voting to shut down the government; I’m voting to keep it open and solve problems. There is no excuse whatsoever for shutting down the government.”

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