Nebraska leaders express frustration after government shutdown


The federal government is in a partial shutdown after senators failed to pass a government spending bill on Friday evening.

Nebraska leaders are reacting to the shutdown, releasing statements in the aftermath.

Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement on Saturday after the Senate was unable to approve government funding legislation:

I’m disappointed the Senate was unable to work together to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, take care of our military, and keep the government open. I voted for this measure and I am a cosponsor of a bill to extend the CHIP program. I strongly believe we need to get this done for children in Nebraska and across the nation.

Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the federal government shutdown:

This garbage is what happens when Washington isn’t serious about budgeting year after year.

Senator Fischer's Democratic opponent for U.S. Senate Jane Raybould also released a statement regarding the shutdown:

Tonight, our national security and hard-working families across Nebraska are being put in jeopardy because of the dysfunction in Washington. I, like many Nebraskans, am disgusted that partisan gamesmanship, rather than leadership, triumphed tonight. The people of Nebraska will remember Senator Fischer's failure to find compromise in the face of this government shutdown.

Senators Fischer and Sasse both voted in favor of passing the government spending bill.

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