Gov. Inslee: Federal government shutdown ‘creates chaos, confusion and uncertainty’

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called on Congress to “do its job” following its failure to keep the federal government funded and operating past midnight Friday.

Inslee released the following statement after the deadline passed for the Senate to approve a House resolution on funding that would keep the government open:

“There is no question this federal shutdown creates chaos, confusion and uncertainty for hard-working families, students, small businesses, veterans and seniors across Washington state. My office is working with state agencies to understand how their operations, and Washington’s communities, will be impacted.

“At this point, we feel confident most of our agencies will be able to operate without interruption in the short-term. But we cannot speak for the federal services, and the tens of thousands of federal workers, in Washington state. We need Congress to do its job and get a budget passed soon.

“President Trump needs to work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress on a bipartisan plan to immediately end this crisis and keep the government open. We share numerous priorities such as protecting Dreamers, extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and addressing the opioid epidemic. There’s no reason Congress can’t get all these things done, now,” Inslee said.

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