Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement:

“I oppose government shutdowns and while in Congress have consistently voted to keep the government open. During this temporary shutdown, I will continue working my hardest to serve you and my office will remain open to serve the needs of my constituents.

“Last night, Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have kept the government open and funded. This bill also included a needed six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program that low income children in our district rely on.

“This is inexcusable. Our men and women in uniform and countless families who rely on federal government services deserve better than this.

“I will continue working my hardest to resolve this impasse and implore Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to end this shutdown and reopen the government immediately.

“In the meantime, I am cosponsoring legislation introduced by my colleague Congresswoman McSally that will ensure our troops and national security personnel are paid.”

Congresswoman Stefanik voted in support of the House passed Continuing Resolution that funded our government and extended CHIP for six years. Additionally, she helped the House pass a longer-term appropriations bill last Fall that the Senate has yet to take up.