Spanberger Statement on Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown Ahead of the Holidays, Maintain Critical Federal Services
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to keep the federal government open through February 18, 2022.
“Shutting down the government would be a reckless decision — and I am troubled by the fact that many of my fellow lawmakers view a shutdown as a way to score cheap political points,” said Spanberger. “A government shutdown would hurt millions of hardworking Americans during the holidays, cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and leave our national security more vulnerable — all while we contend with yet another highly contagious strain of COVID-19. By keeping the doors of our federal government open, we can protect the paychecks of federal employees and federal law enforcement officers, maintain critical federal services for seniors and veterans, continue our efforts to respond to the ongoing supply chain crisis, and keep our borders and ports of entry staffed. On the floor of the House today, I was proud to vote in support of our dedicated public servants and those who depend on them.”