Senator Toomey Statement on Ending the Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding today's vote on the Continuing Resolution:
"I am encouraged that an interim, bipartisan agreement was reached to reopen our government, fund our military, and provide health care to nine million American children. We found ourselves in this dysfunctional mess because my colleagues across the aisle recklessly refused to govern and held the government hostage on a single issue impacting a select group of illegal immigrants. This is not how decisions about the government's budget should be made."
"It is well past time for the Senate to return to regular order. Instead of the obstruction of recent years, going forward, Democrats should allow the Senate to debate, amend and pass each of the 12 annual funding bills well before the end of the fiscal year. This would preclude the risk of distracting, disruptive manufactured crises such as the one our Democratic colleagues just caused."