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Missouri lawmakers chime in on national government shutdown

It is day one of the U.S. government shutdown and state representatives have expressed their position to continue funding the federal government and their disappointment with failed compromise. (MGN Online)

It is day one of the U.S. government shutdown.

State representatives have expressed their position to continue funding the federal government and their disappointment with failed compromise.

Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler supported the resolution to fund the government through Feb. 19.

"This measure funds the government reauthorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and funds our troops,"Hartzler said in a statement.

"I call on Senate Democrats to join us in a bipartisan manner to fund the government and fulfill our obligations to the American people-- they deserve better."

The Missouri representative also turned to Facebook 15 hours into the shutdown from Washington D.C. to reinforce her disappointment with the shutdown.

Sen. Claire McCaskill also voted to continue funding the government while being vocal about her opinions concerning Senate leadership.

"It's embarrassing how badly this place is being run," McCaskill said about the Senate.

"I'm disgusted that Mitch McConnell waited three months until after the expiration of the [CHIP] to decide it was a crisis. I'm disgusted that we offered the President border security measures he wanted, and yet he still chose the chaos of a shutdown," she said.

"I’m disgusted most of all that we've quit governing in the middle, from a place of compromise and consensus, which is what Missourians expect and deserve, what I strive for every day."

The Democratic senator said that her focus is to take care of the military and veterans during the lapse of government funding.

Republican Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer also issued a statement following the failed Senate vote.


"It is extremely disheartening that politics have been put ahead of our troops, healthcare for nine million children and a functioning government," Luetkemeyer said.


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