U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is disappointed that a number of his colleagues voted against moving forward on a government funding bill last night, resulting in a partial government shutdown at midnight. The bill, which Enzi voted for, would have provided funding for the federal government until February 16 and also included a bipartisan six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“I voted to avoid a government shutdown and fund a critical health insurance program for low-income children, but sadly the bill failed to advance,” Enzi said. “While short-term funding bills are not ideal, at this time it is certainly better than the alternative, which could mean limiting services for military families, veterans and countless other Americans. And it appears that some of my colleagues are unwilling to fund the government not because they oppose what is in the bill, but because of unrelated demands on immigration. Congress should continue its bipartisan negotiations on border security and immigration, but in the meantime should not hold government funding hostage over it. I hope my colleagues will reassess their priorities.”