Stefanik Again Votes To Reopen GovernmentPosted: Updated:
As expected, north country congresswoman Elise Stefanik has again voted to reopen the federal government.
Stefanik was one of only eight Republicans in the House of Representatives Wednesday who voted to end the partial shutdown of the government. The vote came on a measure to restore funding to the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies.
Stefanik and seven other Republicans joined 232 Democrats in voting for the bill.
Democrats, who now control the House, are attempting to pressure Republicans and President Trump into reopening the government by passing a series of bills to reopen parts of the government closed by the ongoing dispute between President Trump and Democrats over funding for a border wall.
The next bill to be voted on is money for agriculture.
Stefanik has consistently opposed government shutdowns, saying in a statement Tuesday ""Under no circumstances should working people in our country lose out on a paycheck because Congress can't work together.'
But she has also been critical of Democrats in the current debate, telling the Sun Community News newspaper "“I am critical of Speaker Pelosi’s lack of willingness to work with the administration on a compromise number that includes border security," "and "I think she needs to come to the table to do that.”