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Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, and Esty Voted to Shut Down the Government on Thursday

January 19, 2018 By Staff
Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, and Esty Voted to Shut Down the Government on Thursday

All five members of Connecticut's U.S. House delegation – all Democrats, of course – voted to shut down the government on Thursday night.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation – Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) – all voted to shut down the government on Thursday night.

In particular, they voted against a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government for a month, while Republicans and Democrats in Congress work out a deal to pass a more long-term budget, and protect so-called DREAMers – young, undocumented immigrants – among other items.

But for Connecticut’s five Democrats in the U.S. House, finding a solution for DREAMers in the next six weeks wasn’t enough. They wanted it now, so they voted to halt government services for hundreds of millions of Americans.

Larson tweeted out his wish list to keep government open, and defended himself for a vote against six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which the CR also includes.

DeLauro tweeted about her view that the CR is a ‘punt,’ but didn’t explain how a government shutdown is better than a one-month ‘punt’:

And Esty said, before her vote, that “[w]e should throw out this CR” altogether:

Reclaim Connecticut is confident that none of these Democrats supported the 2013, GOP-led shutdown of government. They seem OK with one in 2018, though, now that a Republican is president.