Bipartisan Majorities Vote to Keep Government Open and Avoid Crisis
Tonight, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate voted to keep the government open, preventing an unnecessary crisis that would have inflicted needless pain on millions of hardworking Americans. The bill ensures that active-duty troops will continue to receive their pay, travelers will be spared airport delays, and millions of women and children will continue to have access to vital nutrition assistance, among other benefits. This is certainly good news for the American people.
However, it is important to acknowledge that we should never have been in this position in the first place. Just a few months ago, Speaker McCarthy and I reached a budget agreement to avoid precisely this type of manufactured crisis. Unfortunately, for weeks, extreme House Republicans attempted to walk away from that deal by demanding drastic cuts that would have been devastating for millions of Americans. Thankfully, their efforts failed.
While the Speaker and the overwhelming majority of Congress have shown unwavering support for Ukraine, it is worth noting that there is no new funding in this agreement to continue that support. We cannot, under any circumstances, allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted. It is crucial that we keep our commitment to the people of Ukraine and secure passage of the support needed to assist them at this critical moment.
This bipartisan agreement to keep the government open provides much-needed relief to the American people. It is a testament to the power of working together, setting aside partisan differences, and prioritizing the needs of our citizens. Hopefully, it serves as a reminder that we must always strive to avoid unnecessary crises that harm our nation.