Let’s commit to each other and to the American people that we won’t continue to fund our government through these short-term CRs. Let’s commit that we will pass, through both houses, every appropriation bill…. This shutdown was an embarrassment. It didn’t need to happen. It should have never happened.”
Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today marking the end of this needless government shutdown. Full remarks are below:
“Mr. Speaker, for three days the nation has watched as tens of thousands of federal employees were forced to stay home, as our men and women in uniform went without pay, as opioid treatment centers got cut off, and as parents faced the harrowing prospect that their children would lose their health insurance.
“The American people never wanted this to happen. Republicans in the Congress did not want this to happen. And we did everything in our power to make sure this didn’t happen. The House passed a clean bill. A bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to pass that clean bill. But Senate Democrats shut it down.
“We were told it was about immigration. But Republicans always said we would sit at the table. We already were at the table every single day before this shutdown, negotiating in good faith. Despite this political drama, I remain eager to get back to that table and put this all behind us.
“So I must ask: What was gained here at the expense of the American people? What was gained at the expense of our nation’s reputation as a great and deliberative republic? Every policy in the House’s original bill, the Senate passed today. Every single policy is the same.
“If the Senate had passed this same bill on Friday, all this disgraceful political theater would have never happened. Now, as it always should have been, our government will be open, our troops will be paid, and our children will have health insurance.
“But that’s not enough. We cannot continue to repeat the same mistakes again. As my father use to tell me, it’s not your mistakes that define you, it’s what you learn from them.
“So let’s commit to each other and to the American people that we won’t continue to fund our government through these short-term CRs. Let’s commit that we will pass, through both houses, every appropriation bill with full funding for our troops, full funding for our defense, and full funding for every service our government owes to its people.
“This shutdown was an embarrassment. It didn’t need to happen. It should have never happened. And it will not happen again. That, Mr. Speaker, is the government the American people want, the government the American people need, and the government the American people deserve.”