Alexander: “We Were Not Elected to Shut Down the Government”

Posted on September 30, 2015

Says Congress’s job is to make government work “for the benefit of taxpayers”


WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today after voting to fund the government through Dec. 11:

“I voted today to fund the government until Dec. 11 so that we can agree on a final appropriations bill by the end of the year. I urge the House of Representatives promptly to do the same.

“I voted Thursday to take the federal dollars now spent at four Planned Parenthood centers in Tennessee and spend those dollars instead at 173 Tennessee community health centers that provide services for women’s health. I will continue to vote that way.

“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.”

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 78-20 and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.