Spanberger Statement on Vote to Keep Doors of Federal Government Open, Prevent “Irresponsible” Shutdown
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, protect the paychecks of federal employees, and maintain access to critical services for Central Virginia families, veterans, and seniors.
“As we experienced during the last lapse in federal funding, a government shutdown would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars and hurt millions of hardworking Americans — including thousands of Central Virginia’s federal employees, contractors, and small businesses. As a former federal agent, I also know that shutdowns present a serious threat to our national security. On the floor of the House today, I was proud to protect the paychecks of our federal employees, federal law enforcement officers, Customs and Border Protection personnel, and other public servants who work at all hours to defend and serve our country. The safety and security of American families should never be put at risk due to irresponsible management of our nation’s finances — and I am glad to see this legislation now move to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.”