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Ivey urges quick end to federal gov’t shutdown, says ‘no immediate impact on current state services’

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)


In a statement released Saturday, Gov. Kay Ivey reacted to the federal government shutdown that began 12 hours earlier.  Lawmakers were unable to pass legislation to avert the shutdown by a 50-49 roll call vote, which required 60 votes to proceed to an up-or-down vote. That bill would have funded the federal government through February 16.

Ivey said she had called on Alabama’s federal lawmakers to seek a prompt resolution, but added that no state services would be impacted by the shutdown.

“I am disappointed in Senate Democratic Leadership in Washington for their failure to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government,” Ivey said in the statement. “I have been in contact with Alabama’s Congressional Delegation and stressed the importance of avoiding a government shutdown. Although the shutdown should be ended quickly, so that important government services including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are funded, a shutdown will have no immediate impact on current state services. The business of Alabama state government will continue as usual, despite the inaction of liberal politicians in Washington.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.