WASHINGTON – Congressman James Comer (KY-01) issued the following statement regarding the federal government shutdown:
“I am appalled that Senate Democrats would allow our troops to risk going without a paycheck and allow funding for the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire, all to force immediate amnesty for illegal immigrants. Our troops and children deserve to be first and deserve better. I call on Senate Democrats to stop holding troops and children hostage and re-open the government.”
Additionally, Congressman Comer wrote the Chief Administrative Officer of the US House of Representatives to demand that his pay be withheld during the federal government shutdown. Congressman Comer also co-sponsored H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act, which would ensure members of the military and national security employees receive pay during the government shutdown while prohibiting Members of Congress from being paid. A copy of Congressman Comer’s letter to withhold his pay is below.
Congressman Comer voted in favor of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act on Thursday, January 18, 2018, which passed the House by a vote of 230 to 197. This legislation would extend government funding through February 16, 2018, and reauthorize CHIP funding for six years.