For Immediate Release:
Monday, March 4, 2024

Dan Kovats, Executive Director

Illinois Congressional Republicans Are Bad For Business, Bad For Illinois

Illinois Congressional Republicans Vote Against Keeping Federal Government from Shutting Down

Springfield, IL – Last week, 207 Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives joined 113 Republicans in voting to keep the federal government open. From Illinois, Representatives Mike Bost, Mary Miller, and Darin LaHood voted NO along with 94 other House Republicans.

Today, Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association President Mark Guethle released the following statement:

“Voters should never trust Mike Bost, Mary Miller, and Darin LaHood when they lecture on supporting good government or that they are pro-business. Their votes last week proved they are not serious about governing and would risk the health and wellbeing of Illinoisians by voting to shut down the government.”

“Government shutdowns impact air travel, create delays and problems for some Medicare beneficiaries and new applicants, and impede services at the IRS – a real problem for folks seeking refunds during this current tax season. Maybe this is what Bost, Miller, and LaHood want – or worse, maybe they just do not care.”

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution through March 8th and March 22nd. Prior to last week’s vote to keep the government open, Republican leadership sent their members home on recess until just this past Wednesday, February 28.

The Republican led U.S. Congress is yet to pass foreign aid funding to support our allies who are defending democracy. Additionally, they have not passed any legislation securing our border or addressing immigration – which Republicans made contingent upon passing a foreign aid package in the first place.