Rep. Dan Donovan votes to keep government open
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Daniel Donovan was among the 277 House members to vote to keep the government funded on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives passed the measure by 277-151 after the Senate approved it by a 78-20 vote earlier in the day. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The bills fund the government through Dec. 11, making way for another funding debate to take place for a longer term agreement.
Donovan (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) voted to keep the government open.
"I will never vote to shut down the government, period," he said in a statement. Adding "720,000 Staten Islanders and Brooklynites sent me to Washington to make government more efficient and effective, not to suspend its operations.
"We need to come together to deliver solutions and stop pointing fingers at one another. The public doesn't elect us to shut down government when we don't get our way — nor do they elect us to recklessly spend their hard-earned tax dollars by ringing up $18 trillion in debt. Let's focus our energy on finding solutions for our nation's problems, including our debt crisis. In the meantime, I'll continue voting to keep the lights on and the government running."