U.S. Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (R-IA) released the following statement after voting YES on H.R. 5860, the Continuing Appropriations Act to fund the government until November 17, 2023:
“Shutting down the government should be a last resort. My priority has always been to protect and represent my constituents to the best of my ability and I cannot justify shutting down our entire government over obscure policy decisions.
“That’s why I was proud to vote in favor of the Continuing Appropriations Act on the House Floor, which funds to keep the government open while fully funding our military and veterans. Additionally, this legislation gives us more time to broker our final funding bills with the Senate.
“Government shutdowns have real consequences on American lives. My dad was an enlisted Master Sergeant in the Air Force, my mom had a GED, they both worked. My dad often worked extra jobs on the weekend. I grew up watching my dad at the kitchen table, calculate how long it would take to mail a bill so it would get there on time after his one single paycheck a month came in. A lapse in pay for our military families and veterans means going without food. These are real people that would have been affected by the political games both sides in Washington were playing.
“I am glad that we came together and reached an agreement to fund the government and I will continue to work to pass legislation that strengthens our military and our border.”