Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to vote on a package of Middle East policy bills in the United States Senate.
“On Friday, thousands of federal workers in Nevada and across the country will miss their first paycheck if President Trump and Leader McConnell continue to hold our country hostage. The President is asking already struggling Nevadans to sacrifice even more as they fight to provide for their families. The Senate’s first order of business should be to address this by reopening the government, securing our border, and ensuring that hundreds of thousands of federal workers are able to return to work at our airports, national monuments, and other critical agencies Nevadans rely on. Though I support legislation to strengthen our allies and partners in the Middle East and hope that it can continue to be improved through the legislative process, our priority should be reopening the government. My vote is in support of those workers and families who deserve the certainty of a functioning government and steady paycheck.”