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Chris Murphy Votes to Shut Down Government, Complains About Shutdown on Twitter All Weekend

January 22, 2018 By Staff
Chris Murphy Votes to Shut Down Government, Complains About Shutdown on Twitter All Weekend

The senator couldn't take what was apparently a difficult vote for Democrats – to keep the government open – but he could complain on Twitter about the government shutdown.

On Friday night, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) voted to shut down the government.

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Murphy was one of 42 Democrats to vote against a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for another month on Friday, which led to the shutdown that, as of Monday morning, is unresolved.

Murphy tweeted in defense of his shutdown vote, complaining, among other items, that the bill “terrorizes immigrant kids” because it did not come up with an immediate legislative solution for DACA protections that expire in six weeks.

He also refuted Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) tweets on the shutdown, complaining that the one-month funding bill did not include new funding for opioids. Murphy also opposed the postponement of Obamacare taxes, which he couched in the careful language of “riders gutting funding for the ACA.”

Then, Murphy tried to play hero, claiming he was trying to re-open the government all weekend.

It’s unclear if Connecticut voters will believe Murphy’s tweets, when his votes say he approved of this government shutdown.

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