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Schatz Statement on House Republicans Attempting “Piecemeal” Approach to Funding the Government

Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on House Republicans’ latest political game-playing.

“The latest stunt by House Republicans unfortunately demonstrates that they aren’t yet serious about reopening the government. The government shutdown is causing real economic pain for middle class families in Hawai‘i, and there’s a simple way to fix this. All that Speaker Boehner would need to do is to allow the House of Representatives to vote to reopen the government without including irrelevant and harmful amendments to defund Obamacare.

“The vote I cast yesterday would provide a pathway towards getting our economy and our government back up and running. It is long past time that the House votes and stops its procedural games. The 25,000 federal employees in Hawaii deserve better leadership than this.”