Padilla Statement on Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Senate passed a 45-day short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown:
“With only hours to go, I am glad we overcame the threat of an unnecessary, indefensible MAGA Republican government shutdown that would have hurt our economy, blocked critical disaster aid, and denied pay for millions of active-duty troops and their families. This spending bill contains important provisions, including one to avert a disastrous pay cut for our wildland firefighters.
“While we’ve avoided the worst effects of a devastating government shutdown, I’m disappointed that extreme MAGA Republicans in the House blocked overwhelmingly bipartisan funding for Ukraine at a pivotal moment in its fight against Russian aggression. I am eager to end the partisan games and move forward working on the issues the American people truly care about.”