September 30, 2013
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after his vote House Republicans' refusal to bring up a vote on the Senate funding measure:
"For the second time, the Senate plans to consider and vote on funding measures that were passed by the House of Representatives. They have twice rejected the legislation and sent back a clean bill to avoid a government shutdown. House Republican leadership should take the Senate’s lead and bring up the Senate-passed bill and allow the House of Representatives to take a yes or no vote on a clean bill to fund our government.
"This is no longer about spending cuts. We have accepted funding levels Republicans demanded. House Republicans are simply more interested in playing politics and making unreasonable partisan demands that have nothing to do with the budget or securing our nation’s economy. This gamesmanship must end to avoid shutting down the government.”