As the federal government enters its second day of a shutdown, Congressman John Katko is calling for the government to re-open. In a statement, the Syracuse Republican says a shutdown is not the answer. Katko says partisan bickering must end and both sides need to find consensus, and is refusing pay until the shutdown is over.
Katko’s full statement on the government shutdown:
“It is incumbent upon Congress to keep the government open and functioning. We can have disagreement and debate, but a shutdown is not the answer. As Congress works now to re-open the government, we must put the partisan bickering and blame aside and work across party lines to find consensus. I am committed to doing so, and will refuse my paycheck until the government re-opens and all of our nation’s defense personnel are paid. During this time, my offices in Central New York and Washington will remain open for normal business hours so that we may continue to assist constituents.”