Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement:
“I made a promise when I first ran for office that I would never vote to shut down the government or to continue a government shutdown. I kept that promise. I voted yesterday evening in support of legislation before the House to re-open the government and restore funding to critical government programming like VAWA.
“I strongly believe we must do more to secure our border and keep this country safe. That’s why I previously voted in support of $5 billion in funding for border security, and led efforts this past summer to produce a comprehensive bill that would have both provided a DACA fix and enhanced our nation’s border security. I remain increasingly frustrated by the inaction of both sides in Congress on this issue. Still, a government shutdown is a costly and unnecessary maneuver that does not help resolve Congress’ failure to act.”