LaMalfa Frustrated with Senate after Government Shutdown

Jan 20, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement following the Senate’s failure to pass a government funding measure after the House did so on Thursday.

LaMalfa said: “I’m extremely disappointed in the Senate’s failure to agree on a government funding measure. Schumer and Pelosi continue to prioritize amnesty for illegal immigrants over funding the government and extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Negotiations are ongoing to reach a solution on DACA, but that deal hasn’t been struck and the deadline is months away. The government funding authorization ends tonight. Troops will not get paid and states will have no federal funding for children’s health care. Democrats must stop holding our government hostage over special benefits for those in the country illegally. I urge Senate Democrats to stop the posturing that has led to the Schumer Shutdown, and to do their jobs.”

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, to fund the government until February 16, 2018 and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 6 years. The measure passed the House by a margin of 230-197, but requires 60/100 votes to pass the Senate. Senate Republicans can only achieve a maximum of 51 votes on their own.

CHIP by the numbers:

  • 9 million children enrolled in the program nationwide.
  • 1.3 million children enrolled in the state of California.
  • 20,109 children enrolled in California’s 1st district.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.