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Newhouse Addresses Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release
Requests his own pay be withheld until government has reopened

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) today spoke on the House floor regarding the shutdown of the federal government. Rep. Newhouse also cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) that will ensure that our troops receive their paychecks. Rep. Newhouse also sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives to request that his own pay be withheld pay until the government has reopened.

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Transcript:

I rise in support of restoring a fully-functioning federal government.

I along with almost all of my colleagues supported the Continuing Resolution keeping the federal government open, funding our military, reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Senate Democrats rejected that solution and voted against keeping the federal government open, fully funding CHIP—against giving certainty to the more than 60,000 low-income children in my own State of Washington.

Our military professionals are working to reduce the impacts to national security due to the government shutdown.

Secretary Mattis himself is giving shutdown guidance to the men and women in uniform, saying: “Steady as she goes – hold the line. I know the nation can count on you. Stay alert.”

His message speaks to the admirable professionalism of our troops.

These men and women deserve their pay; their families should not have to worry about their paychecks. In no way does shutting down the federal government serve them or us.

In my district, important work—like the Hanford cleanup…and our National Laboratory must continue.

Today, I find myself, as well as many, frustrated. As a supporter of the President’s call for Congress to act to work on a bipartisan solution on DACA, let’s reopen the government and continue our negotiations.