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Blumenthal Statement On Senate Passage Of “Clean” Continuing Resolution To Keep Government Open

Senate Voted To Strip Continuing Resolution Of House-Passed Provisions To Defund Obamacare

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to keep the government open by a vote of 54-46. The bill now awaits action from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“Today, the Senate approved a simple, clean resolution that would continue essential government services and easily pass the House of Representatives if only Speaker Boehner permitted a vote. To him, I’d say, ‘Let the House vote.’ This resolution would avert unnecessary havoc and harm to our fragile economic recovery – particularly job growth – as well as to seniors, veterans, and children who depend on critical federally funded programs.

“My hope is that calmer minds and common sense will prevail, and the House be given an opportunity to reject hostage-taking tactics of the extreme right wing ideological fringe. Political gamesmanship and budget brinksmanship are endangering our economy and American people’s trust and confidence in our government. The Senate resolution is now the only path forward to keeping our government open.”