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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Senate Democrats’ decision to block government funding legislation:

“Senate Democrats just chose to cut off pay to our troops, cut off funding to the VA, and cut off insurance for American children in an absurd ploy to enact unspecified immigration provisions for a program that isn’t about to expire and that remains the subject of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations. This is the same tactic that Chuck Schumer called ‘a politics of idiocy and paralysis’ just a few years ago.

“In our system, we need 60 votes in the Senate to pass government funding legislation, meaning the Democrat minority has the power to grind everything to a halt. But nowhere does it say that a minority in the Senate can demand everything it wants and then blame the impasse on the other side. The House passed a clean funding bill with no strings attached and no gimmicks that even included bipartisan children’s health insurance legislation that Senate Democrats support. There is only one question for Senate Democrats: Why are you holding our troops and the government hostage for an unrelated immigration fight?