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5 of CT’s 7 Democrats Voted to Keep Government Shutdown, Failed

January 23, 2018 By Staff
5 of CT’s 7 Democrats Voted to Keep Government Shutdown, Failed

Even after a bipartisan group of senators came together in good will, and struck a popular deal, five of Connecticut's seven congressional Democrats remained sour about opening government.

Connecticut’s Democratic delegation has been one of the most united in the nation in voting for the 2018 government shutdown.

It should come as little surprise, then, that even after a bipartisan group of senators negotiated in good will to re-open the government on Monday, Connecticut’s liberal members of Congress would still cast votes in favor of keeping the shutdown.

In the Senate, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) made Connecticut one of only six states where both senators in the delegation voted to keep the shutdown.

  • California: Feinstein and Harris
  • Connecticut: Blumenthal and Murphy
  • Massachusetts: Markey and Warren
  • New Jersey: Booker and Menendez
  • Oregon: Merkley and Wyden
  • Vermont: Leahy and Sanders

Overall, only 18 of the Senate’s 100 members voted to keep the government shutdown.

In the House, 144 Democrats voted to keep the government shutdown. Three of those 144 Democrats were from Connecticut: Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), both loyal deputies of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) voted to re-open the government, along with 43 other Democrats and 221 Republicans.

Despite the efforts of five of Connecticut’s seven Democrats, the government re-opened on Monday after a continuing resolution (CR) passed the Senate, then the House, and was signed into law by President Trump.