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Washington D.C.
Cornyn Ahead of Shutdown: Democrats Playing a Dangerous Game of Chicken
Press Release
Friday, January 19, 2018

‘Our Democratic colleagues are engaged in a dangerous game of chicken. They could well crash the government just to appease extreme elements in their party.’ 

‘We have been negotiating in good faith on a solution for the DACA recipients, and we will continue to do so. But shutting down the government will not solve that problem, and millions of people, including our military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel could lose their paycheck if Democrats follow through on their threat. So the time to stop playing games is now, and we urge them -- no, we implore them, do not shut down the government.’ 

WASHINGTON –Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) criticized his Democratic colleagues for threatening to shut down the government and jeopardizing health insurance for nine million children. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here 

“Funding for the federal government expires at midnight tonight.” 

“In my home state, just to take one example, the Army Medical Command said that 2,539 civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio will be subject to furlough, representing $188 million in salaries. 12,000 Texas guardsmen won't be able to drill either.” 

“The Senate Majority Leader is right that this should be an easy yes vote for every Senator in the chamber. The bill continues government funding, prevents a needless shutdown, and as I said, extends a key health insurance program for vulnerable children.” 

“Our Democratic colleagues are engaged in a dangerous game of chicken. They could well crash the government just to appease extreme elements in their party.”  

“Paychecks could cease. Services will be disrupted. All because of an unrelated immigration issue that won't get resolved if the government shuts down.” 

“We have been negotiating in good faith on a solution for the DACA recipients, and we will continue to do so. But shutting down the government will not solve that problem, and millions of people, including our military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel could lose their paycheck if Democrats follow through on their threat. So the time to stop playing games is now, and we urge them -- no, we implore them, do not shut down the government.” 

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.




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