LaMalfa laments "Schumer Shutdown" of government


California's 1st District U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) placed blame for the fourth federal government shutdown in a quarter century on the shoulders of Democrats.

"It's very disappointing," LaMalfa told KRCR Friday night by phone from Washington, D.C. "There's nothing objectionable about this bill... They're holding (the CHIP program) ransom, they're holding military pay ransom, in order to provide amnesty to 608,000 illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, 320 million Americans are wondering, what functions will they be able to depend on."

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending.

LaMalfa also released a statement, blaming key Democratic Senators for the Senate's vote.

"Negotiations are ongoing to reach a solution on DACA, but that deal hasn’t been struck and the deadline is months away," LaMalfa said. "The government funding authorization ends tonight. Troops will not get paid and states will have no federal funding for children’s health care. Democrats must stop holding our government hostage over special benefits for those in the country illegally. I urge Senate Democrats to stop the posturing that has led to the Schumer Shutdown, and to do their jobs.”

LaMalfa said representatives were staying on hand late into the night, in the event a breakthrough comes, despite the passage of the midnight deadline.

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