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Walberg Statement on Reopening the Federal Government

January 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement after Senate Democrats voted to reopen the federal government.  The Continuing Resolution also includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the longest in the program’s history.

“This government shutdown never should have happened, and I’m glad Senate Democrats ended their filibuster so that we can get back to work on the issues our constituents care about.  The Continuing Resolution passed today resumes funding for critical government programs ensures our men and women in uniform are paid.  It also provides for the longest extension of CHIP in the program's history, which meets the health care needs of more than 7,000 low-income children in Michigan’s 7th district. While I am glad the shutdown is over and we can get back to bipartisan negotiations, the pattern of short-term extensions needs to end.  I hope the Senate will take up the full-year government funding bill passed by House in September to provide long-term certainty and prevent future attempts at self-serving, political brinkmanship,” said Congressman Walberg.

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