Senator Dan Sullivan issued a statement after voting in favor of ending the government shutdown and the extension on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
That statement reads via a press release:
“Today, an overwhelming majority in the Senate voted to end the government shutdown and to continue the broader negotiations on a long-term spending measure. This shutdown was entirely avoidable – something made clearer by the fact that what we passed today was basically the same agreement that had been proposed since Friday. Regardless, I’m pleased to see both sides of the aisle come together to reach an agreement to ensure our military and federal workers continue to get paid, critical functions of government continue, and thousands of children across Alaska and the country get the healthcare they need through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – which will be extended for six years.
“As we move forward, I will be closely working with my colleagues on issues related to immigration reform, including DACA and stronger border security. More broadly, I will continue to work with a bipartisan group to reform what for too long has been a broken budgetary process, which has consisted of short-term funding measures (continuing resolutions) and massive end of year omnibus packages. The American people deserve better.”
The bill to fund the federal government for an additional three weeks has been sent to President Trump to sign the measure into law. This would end the three day shutdown, as well as extend CHIP for six years.
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