The shutdown of our government over a single issue was unacceptable – especially as bipartisan negotiations for a solution to DACA are ongoing. Funding for vital programs that support our troops and help veterans and the disabled should never be used as a political bargaining chip.
With this unnecessary shutdown over, Congress must move forward and work together on a long-term spending bill that responsibly funds the military and the rest of the federal government. The basis for consensus and compromise is there. A proposal that includes a fix for DACA along with border security measures has the potential to earn the support of an overwhelming majority of my colleagues.
I spoke about this topic and many more at the Ulster Co. Chamber of Commerce breakfast. See some of the media coverage from the event here and here.