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Crist, Lawson, Murphy help pass spending plan that ends shutdown

Meanwhile, one Florida Republican joined the opposition.
The U.S. Capitol (Alex Leary | Times)
The U.S. Capitol (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Jan. 22, 2018
Updated Jan. 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Three Florida Democrats joined Republicans to approve the spending plan that ends the government shutdown: Reps. Charlie Crist, Al Lawson and Stephanie Murphy.

Every Florida Republican except Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted for the deal. She was one of only six GOP no votes.

Crist:

"It's unfortunate it took a shutdown to get an agreement for a Senate vote to protect our DREAMers. Ultimately, the President must lead on this issue in order to get a fix signed into law. We are in this position because, after requesting and receiving a bipartisan compromise, he rejected it, using derogatory language to describe a number of countries in the process.

"The fact remains that in a Republican-controlled Washington, we still don't have a budget four months into the new fiscal year, and action on critical issues like flood insurance and disaster relief remains elusive. This is no way to run a country – much less the most powerful one in the world. And we will lose that status if we can't start solving problems; reaching compromise that's focused on our nation's future, rather than the next election.

"Given today's bipartisan deal, I remain hopeful that a path forward exists for our DREAMers and the major issues we must address in the coming weeks."

Lawson:

"I commend the work of both parties in bringing an to end the government shutdown. I look forward to the coming discussions that will address a long-term solution to many of the issues before us  — including relief for communities impacted by natural disasters, like Hurricane Irma, funding for our military, an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the funding of community health centers and other expiring health care programs. These bipartisan negotiations are how you successfully govern a society. We must continue to work collaboratively to effectively serve the needs of all citizens."

Curbelo:

"One of my chief legislative priorities this Congress and the last, has been to forge a compromise on immigration that delivers a fair, permanent solution for young immigrants brought to our country as children, while securing the border so future illegal entry is discouraged and diminished. The biggest obstacles to that goal have been Congressional Leadership's refusal to recognize we are running out of time and the objections of extremists in both parties. Today, the Senate Republican & Democratic Leaders made an explicit public commitment to Members of Congress and the American people that this issue will be debated and considered in the coming weeks. I'm encouraged by this renewed motivation to reach bipartisan agreements on immigration and government spending.

"This time-certain assurance is the measurable progress I have been working toward. Over the coming weeks, I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both Chambers, and with the Administration to deliver for the American people and especially, Dreamers."