Media release from the office of Kirk Cox on January 19, 2018
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) released the following statement Friday evening following Congress’s failure to pass a spending resolution to avoid a government shutdown.
I am very disappointed by the failure of both parties in Washington to avert a government shutdown. We’ve seen this story before, and it’s not pretty. Prolonged government shutdowns are devastating to Virginia’s economy, with impacts that reverberate all across the Commonwealth. A government shutdown represents the worst of Washington-style politics. It’s the result of years of failure by both parties to address our nation’s fiscal problems. Americans expect and deserve better.
I am proud that we do things differently in Virginia, always working to pass a balanced budget on time without government shutdowns. Just like Virginia families, we set priorities and make tough decisions. I strongly encourage Congress and the President to take a page out of Virginia’s playbook and find a way to resolve this shutdown, and get a real budget passed for our country.