Government Shutdown Avoided In Compromise Deal, Historic Spending Maintained

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Arizona Republican members of the House Reps. Andy Biggs, Eli Crane, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert stood together in voting against a last-minute deal “Continuing Resolution” on Saturday, that supporters say was anything but clean.

The resolution, which was touted by Speaker Kevin McCarthy as a “clean resolution,” avoids a government shutdown but keeps federal spending at historic levels.

Arizona Republican Rep. Juan Ciscomani joined Democrats Reps. Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, and Greg Stanton in approving the costly short-term deal.

Some representatives explained their votes on social media:

Rep Andy Biggs @RepAndyBiggsAZ

Instead of siding with his own party today, Kevin McCarthy sided with 209 Democrats to push through a continuing resolution that maintains the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer spending levels and policies.

He allowed the DC Uniparty to win again.

Should he remain Speaker of the House?

Ruben Gallego @RepRubenGallego

Today, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues to avert a government shutdown, but let’s be clear – we should never have had to wait to the 11th hour to make this happen.

As Congress continues to debate funding over the next month, I’ll keep fighting for Arizona.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko @RepDLesko

Securing our border and ensuring our military and Border Patrol agents are paid are my top priorities. That’s why I voted for a stopgap funding measure that would have kept the government open, reined in spending, and secured our border. Today’s bill didn’t do those things, so I voted no.

Rep. Greg Stanton @RepGregStanton

Today I joined Republicans & Democrats to avert a government shutdown.

This short-term bill is far from perfect. It leaves out critical funding to secure our border and support for Ukraine—I will continue to fight for these Arizona priorities.

But leadership means compromise.

Congressman Juan Ciscomani @RepCiscomani

Today I supported a temporary funding package to keep our government open. Plain & simple: this was not my first, second, or even third choice. In my first nine months in Congress, I have seen just how broken Washington is and nothing sums it up quite like the last few weeks. While this bill wasn’t what I would have liked to see, it was the only option on the table to avoid a shutdown at this point. A shutdown would have had a catastrophic impact on our border, military, and government services.

The work is far from done. The house MUST swiftly pass full-year, fiscally responsible appropriations bills that rein in the out of control spending by the Biden administration.

Rep. Eli Crane @RepEliCrane

Today is a sad reminder that the Uniparty will always circle the wagons at the expense of we the people.

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