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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) released the below statement after Senate Democrats ended their filibuster on a House-passed continuing resolution that would re-open the federal government, provide a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program, and delay Obamacare’s onerous Cadillac tax.

“It’s about time that Democrats came to their senses and made the decision to end their political games that led to the Schumer Shutdown. Their filibuster of legislation that would open the government, pay our troops, and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was reckless and an example of Washington dysfunction at its worst. Because of their political posturing, Democrats sacrificed our national security, paying our troops, and care for this country’s most vulnerable children. It was particularly disappointing that for days, Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a piece of legislation that not only would have avoided a government shutdown and pay our troops, but contained many priorities – like CHIP and delaying the Cadillac tax – that they actually support. In fact, the legislation passed today is the same bill that was initially proposed last week with the exception of moving up the next deadline by eight days,” said Heller.

Heller has been a champion for CHIP, and at the end of last year, President Trump signed into law Heller’s CHIP Stability Act. Heller has also repeatedly fought to delay implementation of Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” and in early 2017 introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Heinrich (D-NM) to do so. Last Congress, Heller and Heinrich successfully steered through the Senate a bipartisan amendment to fully repeal the Cadillac tax by a vote of 90-10. Their efforts directly led to a two-year delay on implementation of the Cadillac tax.

Heller added, “The Democrats’ filibuster of our appropriations bills is exactly what led us to the position we’re in today; and that’s why I introduced my No Budget No Pay Act to force Congress to do its job or face the consequences. Moving forward, I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle prioritize their constituents over their party leaders so that we can make progress and do the jobs the American people sent us here to do."

Heller reintroduced the No Budget, No Pay Act, a bill that requires Members of Congress to pass a budget and related appropriations bills on time each year in order to receive pay. On Saturday, he highlighted the Democrats’ filibuster of appropriations bills and urged the passage of his No Budget No Pay bill. You may view the video HERE.

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