Evanston’s representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jan Schakowsky, voted against the continuing resolution to keep the government funded for another three weeks when it came up for a vote Monday afternoon.

In a release to the news media, she gave this explanation for her action:

“Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, and are still somehow incapable of governing. I refuse to enable their recklessness.

“Since the government’s fiscal year began almost four months ago, Republicans have kept our government running only through a patchwork of short-term funding bill after short term funding bill.

“Almost four months later, we have no long-term agreement on a budget and no action on our nation’s most critical priorities. You can’t make plans based on a three week budget – businesses don’t know if projects will be funded, community health centers don’t have a guarantee they will be paid, and those who need job training don’t know if they will be able to get it.

“This is no way to run a government. It damages our military, our economy, and our nation’s credibility.

“This is the greatest country in the world. We should be able to come together to address important issues. Instead, the government is set to run out of funding again in three weeks, and we still have no commitment from House Republicans or President Trump on a path forward.

 “The Trump Shutdown may be over. But for pensioners, veterans, victims of the opioid epidemic, families needing Community Health Centers, American citizens ravaged by natural disasters, and 800,000 Dreamers, it still feels like the Republican-controlled government is closed.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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    1. Jan’s vote

      Good for you Jan Schakowsky!  Thank you for standing up for us! Trump created the DACA crises and the Kid’s insurance debacle.  Let them find their own way out of the mess they created!  I’m happy to see the Dems showing some backbone!

      1. Backbone

        Sorry, Mary. Everything you just said is not true. Obama created the DACA mess by committing an unconstitutional act. Senate Dems filibustered CHIP Health Insurance 2 times in the last week. That is a Dem mess too. Sounds like you haven’t kept up with what has been going on in politics.

  1. ….and the state of Illinois
    ….and the state of Illinois has had SUPERMAJORITY Democrat representation in the full General Assembly, able to override any Governor veto (if needed with the current governor, but even more power with past Democrat governors), and see where we are at?

    What hits home to the average Illinoisan is the impact of the $140 billion (and growing) underfunded pension debt, the +40% state income tax hike, the +20% property tax increase in Cook County, etc. etc.

    Jan, even with your gerrymandered district, with 87% of Evanston voting democrat, we could send a sloth to congress to vote 100% aligned with the democrats.

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