Stefanik Says She Still Opposes Shutdown As Impasse ContinuesPosted: Updated:
North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is among a minority of Republicans opposed to the partial government shutdown that's now in its 19th day.
She voted to end the shutdown last week and in a statement Wednesday said she's still opposed to it.
"Under no circumstances should working people in our country lose out on a paycheck because Congress can't work together," her statement said, "which is why I have been a consistent vote to keep the government open throughout my career."
Stefanik's comments come as Democrats push President Donald Trump to end the shutdown.
Trump abruptly left a meeting with Democratic leaders in the White House Wednesday afternoon after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said she wouldn't approve a border wall.
"And he just got up and said, 'then we have nothing to discuss and he just walked out," Senate Minority Leader and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said. "Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way and he just walked out of the meeting."
Meanwhile, New York's other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, called for an end to the shutdown in a video posted on her official Twitter account.
"If this shutdown continues indefinitely, 39 million Americans will risk not having enough food -- They will lose their SNAP benefits in February," she said. "This shutdown needs to end now. It's not right and we need to do better.”
There is no end in sight to the now-second-longest government shutdown in American history.