Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, and Esty Voted to Shut Down the Government on ThursdayJanuary 19, 2018
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.
I could not support today’s CR bc it was another missed opportunity for #DACA, the opioid crisis, disaster relief to PR/USVI, and more. While there was funding for #CHIP, we should never play politics with children’s health.(1/2)
— Rep. John Larson (@RepJohnLarson) January 19, 2018
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’:
It is staggering that yet again, we are punting one of our core obligations as a Congress: funding our government. pic.twitter.com/9ckTv29mKn
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) January 19, 2018
And Esty said, before her vote, that “[w]e should throw out this CR” altogether:
As I saw at the #ProblemSolvers meeting this morning, there are plenty of my colleagues in both parties who want to reverse the trend toward dysfunction. We should throw out this CR and work together in a meaningful way.
— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) January 18, 2018
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.
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