Statement From Congressman John Katko on Vote to Fund the Government

January 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement:

“I made a promise when I first ran for office that I would never vote to shut down the government or to continue a government shutdown.  I kept that promise. I voted yesterday evening in support of legislation before the House to re-open the government and restore funding to critical government programming like VAWA.

“I strongly believe we must do more to secure our border and keep this country safe. That’s why I previously voted in support of $5 billion in funding for border security, and led efforts this past summer to produce a comprehensive bill that would have both provided a DACA fix and enhanced our nation’s border security.  I remain increasingly frustrated by the inaction of both sides in Congress on this issue.  Still, a government shutdown is a costly and unnecessary maneuver that does not help resolve Congress’ failure to act.”