December 21, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Keep The Government Funded, Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following the House and Senate passage of a short-term government funding bill:

“Today Congress passed a short-term spending bill to keep government open, avoiding pain and anxiety for hundreds of thousands of federal employees, veterans and military families living in Virginia, and millions who rely on Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants, special education, the Affordable Care Act and other critical government services. Despite President Trump rooting for a shutdown, we found a short-term solution that avoided brinkmanship. But we haven’t finished our work because we need to find a full year budget deal by January 19th that does much more—reauthorization of the CHIP program, permanent protection for Dreamers, and enhanced funding for health care, the VA and opioid treatment. I thank the dedicated Virginians who stand with us to make sure this critical work gets done.”