Murkowski Supports Compromise to End Government Shutdown
Emphasizes Need for Renewed Bipartisan Effort to Resolve Tough Issues
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after working with her colleagues on both side of the aisle to successfully pass a funding bill in the Senate to end the government shutdown.
“I have been actively working over the weekend, with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to help facilitate an agreement. I am pleased that we were able to put our differences aside to get the government back on track and do what’s right for our country. Together, we ended a government shutdown that has been disruptive to the thousands of Alaskans who are federal employees, contractors, and those who rely on the services provided by our federal agencies. This short-term solution allows time to finish our work on a full year funding bill and also address bigger picture issues.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us --- from securing full funding for our military to providing disaster relief to stabilizing the individual healthcare market. It is also crucial that we prioritize protections for DACA recipients and have the broader discussion on immigration. Now is the time to build on the bipartisan momentum we have built in the Senate, work together and resolve these issues for the American people.”
The Senate passed funding bill extends federal funding through February 8, 2018.