Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government and avoid a shutdown:

“With the Senate’s passage of a clean bill that would continue to fund the government, the House Republicans’ refusal to pass this measure would jeopardize our economy.

"The funding bill passed by the Senate includes funding at the level House Republicans demanded in sequestration.  Now, in their effort to move the goalpost further to the right, they are rejecting this measure due entirely to unnecessary and unreasonable partisan demands that have nothing to do with the budget.

"House Republicans must join Democrats to pass a funding bill and raise the debt ceiling to keep our government operating and our economy in recovery.  Republican efforts to hold up these basic functions of government are irresponsible and must stop immediately. The consequences are too great.”