Stopping a Shutdown: NH Senators Pat Themselves on Back For Compromise
CONCORD — New Hampshire's Democratic senators say they worked with a group of more than 20 senators to reach a bipartisan agreement to reopen the federal government.
Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan released a joint statement Monday after the Senate advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8, in order to end a shutdown that began over the weekend.
Shaheen and Hassan said the negotiations once again have affirmed there's substantial common ground between both parties on critical priorities, such as strengthening the military; combating the opioid crisis; continuing the Children's Health Insurance Program; and protecting immigrant "Dreamers," more than 700,000 younger immigrants brought into the country as children. Senate Democrats dropped their objections to the temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans that they will soon take immigration and other issues.
“We have worked with a group of more than twenty senators – both Republicans and Democrats – to reach a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government, continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and move forward on critical priorities including strengthening our military, stepping up efforts to combat the opioid crisis, providing funding for community health centers, and protecting Dreamers," the statement read. "Our negotiations, once again, affirmed that there is substantial common ground on every one of these issues, and while we still have more work to do, this agreement give us time to hammer out the details."
Monday morning Gov. Chris Sununu spoke on the "Morning Wake Up" with Nazzy and Tara on 98.3 WLNH about the shut down saying in the short term few will be affected in New Hampshire. However, "if this goes two or three weeks we now have a problem."
He said the New Hampshire National Guard is most affected by the shutdown. "There are core government employees and core government services that rely on those federal funds."
On Monday night, Congress approved a bipartisan agreement to re-open the federal government.
The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18. President Donald Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure to fund government operations for another three weeks through Feb. 8.
Sununu says he has no patience for the shutdown.
"There is too much at stake," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.