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Senator Toomey Statement on the Government Shutdown

January 19, 2018

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding tonight's vote resulting in a partial government shutdown:

"In a transparent political ploy, Senate Democrats prioritized amnesty for select illegal immigrants over governing, supporting our military, and providing health insurance to poor and middle-income children. Tonight's vote by Senate Democrats is not rooted in principle or even ideology-they openly support every provision in the bill they voted against--rather it is a crass political calculation meant to appease the extreme left wing of their party. This is a mess that the Senate Democrats created, holding the entire country hostage because of an immigration issue that does not fully materialize until March. It is my hope that cooler heads prevail and a deal to keep the government open can be reached in short order."