Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on the Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after Democrats voted against a bill to prevent the government shutdown and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):

“I’m disgusted that Democrats violated the will of the American people and shut down the government—choosing illegals over our American troops and 9 million children throughout this country relying on CHIP for healthcare. This shutdown lies squarely on the Democrat’s shoulders, and instead of governing they opted for obstructionist antics and partisan politics.

Under this government shutdown, over 2 million members of our military won’t get a paycheck. Meanwhile, the Democrats who shut down the government over a completely unrelated issue with only a fabricated deadline will pocket their pay. That’s morally reprehensible—which is why I swiftly introduced legislation to ensure that our military and federal law enforcement, including the agents and officers along the border, continue to get paid during a government shutdown—and Congress does not.

This shutdown is entirely unnecessary. It is reckless. And I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to work with us to end this shutdown immediately.”

Ahead of the government shutdown, Congresswoman McSally introduced legislation that would require the military and individuals performing national security activities within the Department of Homeland Security to continue to receive pay—and prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a paycheck— during a government shutdown.