Olson Acts to End Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to end the government shutdown that began on January 20 after the Senate failed to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep our government operating and restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The CR passed today funds the government through February 8, 2018 and funds CHIP for six years. After Senate passage, the bill passed the House by a vote of 266-150. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature.
“This shutdown was a Democrat manufactured crisis that only served to hurt our military, federal employees and nine million kids needing health insurance,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “In November, the House passed a stand-alone, five year CHIP bill, yet the Senate failed to touch it. Last week, the House passed a short-term funding bill to keep our government open, as well as a desperately needed, long-term CHIP bill. Yet Senate Democrats chose to shut down our government putting military pay, federal civilian pay and children's healthcare at risk over a manufactured deadline on DACA. This posturing must stop. I’m grateful the Schumer led Shutdown has ended. I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop common sense solutions that move our country forward and end these stop gap funding bills that jeopardize our military and bring us to and sometimes past the brink of a shutdown."
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