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Shaheen Statement on Temporary Deal to Keep Government Open, Slams Republican Failure to Include Ukraine Aid

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep the government open by extending the funding deadline to November 17:

“On behalf of Granite Staters and all Americans, I’m relieved this bill was passed to keep the government open and prevent significant harm to families and small businesses in New Hampshire but make no mistake: it should never have come to this kind of brinkmanship,” said Shaheen. “While this temporary fix will ensure federal workers and service members get their paychecks and families can continue to access critical services, I’m deeply disappointed this stop-gap bill does not include any new aid to support Ukraine’s war efforts. Republican refusal to do so only emboldens Putin and his efforts to reshape the world order, which could continue to have severe impacts right here at home, such as higher fuel and food prices, creating hardship for American families. I will work with my colleagues to stand by Ukraine to ensure additional aid is included in any long-term funding legislation.”

The Senator continued, “In the Senate, we’ve worked diligently to craft strong, bipartisan funding bills and the partisanship we’re seeing from House Republicans is unacceptable. Stop-gap funding bills create inefficiencies within government that only serve to waste American taxpayer dollars and sow uncertainty in the economy. It’s time House Republicans act responsibly, hold to the bipartisan deal they made with President Biden in May and work with Democrats to pass full-year appropriations bills.”