Donnelly Helps Craft Bipartisan Deal to End Government Shutdown

Senator worked nonstop with bipartisan group of Senators to end stalemate and reopen the government

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after helping craft a deal to end the federal government shutdown. On Friday, Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor urging Republicans and Democrats to reach an agreement to avoid a shutdown and voted to keep the government running. Since Friday, Donnelly has participated in more than 10 meetings to discuss a path forward and many of those were with a bipartisan group of 22 Senators.

Donnelly said, “I met nonstop over the past several days with a bipartisan group of Senators to craft a deal to end the federal government shutdown, and this is a result of our work together. Now that we have a bipartisan Senate agreement, I hope we can move quickly to work on the many pressing issues left unfinished last year, including: funding the government long-term, addressing the DACA program and border security, funding community health centers, and providing the critical resources needed to combat the opioid epidemic.”

Minutes after the shutdown began, Donnelly announced that like in 2013 he would partner with Republicans and Democrats to reopen the government. In 2013, Donnelly was among the bipartisan group of 14 Senators who put together a framework that ended the shutdown.

In addition, Donnelly announced early Saturday that he would donate his pay during the shutdown to charity in Indiana. In 2013, he donated his pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to 10 food banks across Indiana.

Background: Timeline of Donnelly’s Effort to End the Government Shutdown:

  • On Wednesday, January 17, with no bipartisan agreement in place to fund the government, Donnelly called U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and they agreed it was important to convene a meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss a path forward. Both Donnelly and Collins were part of the bipartisan group of Senators that put together a framework that ended the 2013 shutdown.
  • Over a four-day stretch, Donnelly participated in more than 10 meetings with his colleagues in an effort to end the shutdown.
  • On Friday, January 19, hours before the shutdown, Donnelly participated in a bipartisan meeting with approximately a dozen Senators, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Friday evening, Donnelly huddled with a group of Senators on the Senate floor to discuss a path forward to reopen the government.
  • Over the weekend, Donnelly met repeatedly with the bipartisan group of Senators that included Senators Collins, Graham, and others. He also met several times with Senator Schumer, along with several other Senators, to update him on the bipartisan discussions. Donnelly stressed the importance of doing “what’s right for the country.”
  • On Monday, January 22, Donnelly met with a bipartisan group of Senators. He then met with Schumer and a group of other Senators.

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