U.S. Senator Mark Udall Thursday night issued a statement saying Congress needs to pass a budget and keep the government running. He accused Republicans in the House of playing politics by using climate change and abortion to score political points.
“The American people elected us to work together and get the job done; instead, the debate over a government shutdown is now being held hostage by unrelated Republican policy demands over women’s health services and our clean air laws. I’m calling on Republicans to stop using the budget debate and a government shutdown to score political points,” Udall said. “Military families are worried about receiving their paychecks, farmers are waiting for operating loans to put seed in the ground, and people all over the country are still waiting on their tax refunds. Women’s health services and climate change have nothing to do with funding the government, and I’m disappointed these issues have been raised at the eleventh hour just to sustain conflict and push a government shutdown.”