Sep 27 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis issued the following statement:

“We must avert a shutdown. That means a bill to fund the government needs to pass in both chambers with bipartisan support. The bill put forward by Leader Schumer contains several priorities requested by Democrats but zero priorities requested by Republicans: border security funding being first and foremost to address the crisis at our Southern border that President Biden created.

“It makes absolutely no sense for the Senate to waste the rest of this week voting on a spending bill that is dead on arrival in the House. In fact, it guarantees a shutdown. I will only vote for a bill viable in both chambers that will prevent a shutdown, which is why I would vote against the Schumer bill in its current form.” 

NOTE: Last night, Senator Tillis voted on a procedural motion that serves as a “shell” or an empty bill that simply allows the Senate to consider a bill to fund the government in time to avert a shutdown. It was not a vote to advance any specific bill, including the Schumer C.R.