U.S. Senator Tom Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown

“I’m tired of these ultimatums, and I know New Mexicans are too. Lurching from one potential shutdown to another is a dysfunctional way to govern. It’s harmful to the economy and to middle class families. It erodes our national security and hurts military families. And it’s devastating to the morale of the public employees in New Mexico and across the country who work hard and keep our nation safe.” — U.S. Senator Tom Udall

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following statement after voting with the majority of the Senate to prevent a shutdown of the federal government:

“Today the Senate voted on the side of common sense. It’s now up to the U.S. House of Representatives to determine whether to follow through with its threat to hold the federal government hostage over a political fight that was settled in the last election.

“I’m tired of these ultimatums, and I know New Mexicans are too. Lurching from one potential shutdown to another is a dysfunctional way to govern. It’s harmful to the economy and to middle class families. It erodes our national security and hurts military families. And it’s devastating to the morale of the public employees in New Mexico and across the country who work hard and keep our nation safe.

“The American people expect better from us. It’s time for Congress stop playing partisan games and start working together for all Americans.”