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Politicians react to government shutdown

January 21, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Some of the elected officials for Pennsylvania had differing views of the federal government shutdown that went into effect Friday at midnight.

While the house passed a bill to keep the government operational temporarily, Senate Democrats blocked their version of the bill Friday night, demanding progress on legislation to protect about 700,000 so-called Dreamer immigrants who were brought illegally to the country as children.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd, spoke on the house floor Saturday and took the opportunity to blame Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY.

“America is watching and America is understanding right now that this is the Schumer shutdown. Let there be no question about who it is who has failed the American public,” he said.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., in a statement noted the senate's failure to reauthorize the Children's House Insurance Program.

“The Republican funding plan shortchanges our veterans, community health centers, infants and mothers who receive home visitations, retired coal miners and other Pennsylvania workers and those dealing with the opioid crisis. There are bipartisan agreements in place that can help Pennsylvania families, but Republicans gave in to the extreme right wing of their party and walked away,” he said.

A full story will appear in Monday's Butler Eagle.

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