Walorski Statement on Government Shutdown
Senate Democrats Reject House-Passed Bill to Keep Government Open, Suspend Job-Killing Tax, Reauthorize CHIP for Six Years
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked legislation passed by the House to prevent a government shutdown, suspend the job-killing medical device tax for two years, and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years:
“The House passed a commonsense bill to keep the government open, protect Hoosier jobs from the medical device tax, and ensure millions of families continue to have access to health coverage through CHIP. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to play politics and force a government shutdown. It’s time to end these reckless partisan games that will harm Hoosier workers and families and damage our military readiness.”
The House on Thursday passed H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, by a vote of 230 to 197. The bill would extend government funding through February 16, 2018, suspend the medical device tax for two years, and renew CHIP funding for six years.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.