Washington, D.C. — On her first day in office, Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to open the government as the partial government shutdown enters into its 14th day. Congresswoman Axne voted for two bills to open the government. The first was a package of six appropriations bills that were previously approved with bipartisan approval in the U.S. Senate in December, 2018. The second bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8th, allowing time for Congress and the President to reach an agreement to strengthen border security while keeping this critical department open.
“I voted to end the government shutdown that has threatened our national security, hurt our economy, and put hardworking Iowans on the hook. We have a responsibility to our constituents to find solutions to strengthen our border security without holding the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of federal employees hostage. This legislative package allows us to do just that,” said Congresswoman Axne.
“Today marks the first day of the 116th Congress. It’s time Washington takes responsibility for our actions. I am ready and willing to work with Republicans and the President in order to reach a deal to effectively strengthen our border security, while also keeping our government functioning. I strongly urge the Senate to pass and the President to sign these bills.”