Statement on the Government Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement after House Republicans voted to keep the government shut down by requesting to go to conference with the Senate on a six-week spending bill, which includes a one year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate: 

“This is an embarrassing day for Congress. It is unfortunate that Speaker Boehner and his caucus insisted on putting the priorities of a radical segment in their party above those of the American people. With so much at stake and time ticking away, they continued down this misguided path instead of working with Democrats to bring a clean spending bill to the floor and keep the government’s doors open. In a time that demanded leadership, they offered brinkmanship.

“I believe it is inappropriate to take this debate to a joint conference, which can be a long and time consuming process, because it is critical that we end this government shutdown immediately and try to reverse the damage this uncertainty has already caused our citizens and economy. I will continue to urge Speaker Boehner to bring a clean spending bill to the floor.”

Hanabusa voted against the measure, which passed the House by a vote of 228-199. It now heads to the Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid has already said he will not go to conference “with a gun to our head.”

Earlier Monday night, President Obama signed into law a bill that would ensure U.S. military personnel, as well as some federal civilians and contractors, will continue to receive their pay during a government shutdown.

As she has in the past, Hanabusa has pledged to donate her pay to a local charity while the government is shut down.