As the deadline to fund the federal government nears, US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) called on colleagues in the US Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s bipartisan continuing resolution to keep the government open and avert a disastrous shutdown.
“No one wins in a shutdown,” said Senator Schatz. “Not Republicans, not Democrats, and certainly not the people of Hawai‘i and Americans across the country. Anyone that’s serious about governing knows the only way to avert a shutdown this weekend is through bipartisanship. This bill is a compromise – no one will get everything they want. But it is the only viable path to keeping the government open as we work on passing appropriations bills for the full year. It’s really that simple.”
Schatz highlighted the wide-ranging harms shutdowns inflict on people across the country – including forcing millions of federal employees to work without pay and stripping away vital assistance programs for children and families most in need.
He also underscored the importance of the disaster relied funding included in the CR which is critical for communities on Maui and in other states nationwide that are recovering from devastating disasters.
“The ongoing recovery effort on Maui alone will require enormous federal resources, in addition to what’s needed in dozens of other states that have been slammed by hurricanes, floods and other extreme weather. And while this funding by itself won’t ever be enough to cover everything in each one of these communities, it is an important down payment,” he said.
Sen. Schatz said whatever disagreements or personal politics, all can agree on one thing: “No one wins in a shutdown.”
Original source: https://mauinow.com/2023/09/29/schatz-no-one-wins-in-a-shutdown/