Senate Democrats

Schumer To Republicans: Shutting Down Government “Was A Mistake When Newt Gingrich Did It In 1995, And It Would Be An Even Bigger Mistake Now”

Washington, D.C. – Sen. Charles Schumer, Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, released the following statement in response to Sen. Mitch McConnell repeatedly refusing to take a government shutdown off the table during his appearance on “Meet the Press” this weekend:

“Too many Republicans seem like they are seeking a shutdown of the government when the current funding measure expires on March 4th. This was a mistake when Newt Gingrich did it in 1995, and it would be an even bigger mistake now. It could have disastrous consequences like halting Social Security payments, and jeopardizing access to health care for our veterans and seniors on Medicare. We need to work together to address the deficit, but we would urge Republicans not to risk the shutting down of the government. That is playing with fire.”

VIDEO: Sen. McConnell repeatedly refuses to take a government shutdown off the table during his appearance on “Meet the Press” this weekend.

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