Stefanik Votes To End Shutdown In Break With GOPPosted: Updated:
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of a handful of Republicans who voted for the Democrats' measures to end the partial government shutdown.
Stefanik was sworn in for her third term Thursday. After the recent midterm elections, the 116th Congress has a record number of women representatives,
Stefanik posted late Thursday night on Facebook announcing that she was one of five House Republicans who broke with President Donald Trump and voted in favor of two pieces of legislation she said would end the government shutdown and fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.
Stefanik wrote "I oppose government shutdowns and in Congress have consistently voted to keep the government open."
Here is her full statement:
"Today I voted in support of H.R. 21 and H.J. Res. 1 – two pieces of legislation to end the government shutdown and fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. I oppose government shutdowns and in Congress have consistently voted to keep the government open.
"I will continue working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure that the government is fully funded, and our border is secure. H.R. 21 passed by a vote of 241-190 and H.J. Res. 1 passed by a vote of 239-192.
"Additionally, I voted against H. Res 6 – a rules package governing the 116th Congress offered by House Democrats. While there are some bipartisan government reform provisions that I support, this rules package allows Democrats to sneak in provisions that make it easier to raise taxes on hardworking constituents and undercuts the House’s ability to tackle the national debt.
"The House should not be in the business of stifling our growing economy. Despite my no vote, this rules package passed 234-197.