Opinion | From government shutdown to district travel

January 29, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

As you are all too aware by now, our federal government shut down for three days recently because Senate Democrats refused to support a reasonable funding bill over their unreasonable immigration demands. We should never be in a position where one party is allowed to hold our military and government hostage over an unrelated policy issue.

This government shutdown was completely unnecessary and should not have happened. Before the shutdown occurred, the House had passed all twelve of our government funding bills and voted four times to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as All Kids here in Alabama. All of these bills were blocked repeatedly by Senate Democrats, which led to this pattern of short-term funding resolutions and ultimately the government shutdown.

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Byrne Blasts Senate Democrats for Scuttling Zika Funding Bill

June 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Whitehouse, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate have been haggling over details in a bill to provide resources for an emergency response to the Zika virus for weeks. Democrats in the Senate scuttled the compromise bill on Tuesday to provide the necessary funding. U.S Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) accused the Democrats of fomenting chaos for political purposes.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement, “Democrats spent months demanding a bill to address the Zika virus, so we passed a bill to help fund prevention, research, and treatment. Now Senate Democrats have blocked the same bill that they spent months demanding. Why? Because they are trying to use the issue to score political points. The Wall Street Journal says it best: “After spending months demanding more funding to combat the Zika virus, they voted down their own priority to foment the chaos they believe will work to their political benefit in the fall.” We shouldn’t turn the Zika virus, which is a real public health concern, into a political football.”
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