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With only hours before funds for the federal government run out, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., gave an impassioned appeal urging his colleagues to pass a House bill that would keep the government open for another week, while providing funding for our troops through the end of the fiscal year. Excerpts of Enzi’s speech are below.

"Let’s stop the partisan banter and concentrate on the job we are here to do. The current discussions between the Congress and the White House are the beginning of America’s journey back from the brink of financial ruin. This is the first of many budget engagements. Democrats and Republicans are playing chicken and neither is swerving. There may be a collision tonight, but in the end, amongst the wreckage, smoke and scattered debris, America has to be the one left standing,” Enzi said on the Senate floor.

“I’m especially concerned about our men and women in uniform who are putting their lives on the line for this country. They will be paid despite the shutdown, but their compensation shouldn’t have to be delayed. They don’t hesitate to defend this country and we shouldn’t hesitate to return that loyalty. I strongly support efforts to make sure military personnel and their families are paid without delay if the government does shut down. ”