WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke on the House floor regarding the continuing resolution that opens up the government and funds the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. The Senate passed the legislation this afternoon, ending a three-day government shutdown led by Senate Democrats. Below are his remarks:
“My colleagues, I just want to say a few words about the last couple of days.
“I know there is great relief that this episode is coming to an end.
“This shutdown did not need to happen. However brief, it inflicted needless costs on the country.
“There are no winners here today, I want to make that clear.
“No winners, except perhaps the millions of families who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“Soon, the longest reauthorization in the program’s history will become law.
“But this is not a moment to pat ourselves on the back. Not even close.
“We very much need to heed the lessons of what just happened here.
“We need to move forward in good faith, yes on DACA and immigration, yes on funding our military so that it gets the resources that our military so badly needs.
“Let us address these urgent challenges.
“Finally, I think all of us want to join in thanking the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces and serve in our government, in our country and around the globe.
“They and their families are the ones get caught in the middle of things like this.
“For them, these aren’t political debates. Their livelihoods, and the country’s safety and security, depend on responsible governing.
“That is why I sincerely hope that we never find ourselves in this position again. And I thank all of our members for their patience this week.
“I yield back.”