Lawmakers react to government shutdown

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The United States government shut down on Saturday after Congress failed to pass legislation that would fund it through February.

Lawmakers in Washington DC have been responding to the shutdown. Representatives Ron Estes, Roger Marshall and Lynn Jenkins have said they're giving up their pay or donating it during the shutdown.

U.S. House Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Rep. Ron Estes and Rep. Kevin Yoder each wrote letters requesting their pay to be withheld until the government reopens.

Congressman Roger Marshall issued this statement following the shutdown:

"I am deeply disappointed that the Democrats decided to shut the government down. Perhaps Democrats do not fully understand what this will mean for our military, our children, and millions of families across the country.

I will be donating my pay every single day this government is shut down to USO Fort Riley. This organization supports military families and spouses who are coping with long deployments and separations from their loved ones in uniform"

It's frustrating to me that at a time when our nations is seeing incredible successes, with our military, our economy and our national security, that Democrats are turning a simple CR into political games. They are hanging their hats on a DACA solution by creating arbitrary deadlines. Here are the facts, we have until March to pass a DACA deal, and this Congress fully intends to do so. However, we do not need to tag DACA legislation on a simple CR that funds our military and extends CHIP funding, which serves more than 9 million uninsured children.

There are currently 79,000 kids in Kansas using CHIP. On Friday, the House passed a CR which included a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Senator Pat Roberts voted to keep the government open and to also extend CHIP for six more years.

“Kansans are sick and tired of the political games in Washington,” Roberts said. “They are not interested in leverage or brinksmanship. They want certainty. They expect us to fulfill our Constitutional duty to fund the government.

“Just three months ago, I joined my colleagues on the Finance Committee in passing bipartisan legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. Now we have the option of delivering six years, the longest extension in the history of the program. Unfortunately, that bipartisan support for this critical program has disappeared.

“While the minority is intent on the headlines from a shutdown, I will be working with my colleagues on a solution.”

The Continuing Resolution Roberts supported would have funded the government for 30 days.

In Kansas, 79,000 children depend on CHIP. For more on CHIP, go here.

The Washington and Kansas offices for Senator Roberts and Senator Moran will be open and serving constituents.

Senator Jerry Moran released a statement that answers questions many people may have regarding the shutdown.

In the QA posted online, he explains how the shutdown will affect National Parks, air travel, and social security.