Rep. Meadows' Statement on House Vote to End Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on the House's passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8, 2018:
"I'm pleased to see my Democrat colleagues in the Senate finally join Republicans to vote to end this shutdown.
Let's be clear about what occurred here: this government shutdown was unnecessary from the very beginning. My Democrat colleagues in both the House and the Senate blocked a non-controversial government funding bill over their demands to prioritize unlawful immigrants over American taxpayers. They made it crystal clear with their own voting cards that they are willing to shut down the government at the expense of millions of taxpaying Americans, our military service membersand those protecting our nation, and children covered by CHIP.
As we move forward, let's do what we were sent to Washington to do. I'm committed to working with my colleagues, both Republican and Democrat alike, on an immigration solution that delivers our promises to the American voters. Among these are securing our border, ending chain migration, and ending the diversity visa lottery program. No other deals on immigration can occur without first solving the real problems with our immigration system. It can and must be done."