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Toomey Statement on Government Shutdown

January 24, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding today's votes in the U.S. Senate:

"I hope today's votes represent modest progress toward ending this partial government shutdown. These votes demonstrate that neither the president's proposal nor the Democrat proposal have enough support to pass Congress. As I have said all along, the obvious, necessary resolution is a compromise.

"I am willing to compromise. In a compromise, neither side gets everything they want and both sides get something they want. There is a deal to be had here that improves border security - including physical barriers where they make sense - and delivers on some Democrat priorities, too. Speaker Pelosi has, thus far, refused to negotiate and my Democratic colleagues, just today, went so far as to block efforts to pay Coast Guard members and other federal employees who have been working without pay. I hope today's votes will bring Speaker Pelosi and Democrats to the table so there is an agreement that reopens the government, secures the border, and allows federal employees to return to work with pay."