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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Votes to End Government Shutdown, Urges Republicans to Work Across the Aisle to Tackle National Priorities

January 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today voted for a bipartisan compromise to reopen the federal government and bring an end to the Republican shutdown. Slaughter urged Congressional Republicans to work across the aisle to deal with national priorities, which include crafting a long-term spending deal, protecting DREAMers, providing disaster relief, reauthorizing Community Health Centers, and addressing veterans’ health care.

“No one wanted to see the great government of the United States closed for business. The last Republican shutdown in 2013 cost our economy an estimated $24 billion and brought everything from federal research to reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability claims to a standstill. There have now been five Republican government shutdowns in less than 30 years. This shutdown was a direct result of the Republicans being unable to run the government. It caused great disruption and pain for no reason. I’ve said before that there were no Democratic fingerprints anywhere to be found on the prior continuing resolution that failed in the Senate last week. Now that Democrats were finally offered a seat at the table, cooler heads have prevailed. There were no winners here. But I’m proud to cast this vote to end the Republican shutdown so the country can get back to work.”