WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a straightforward bill to keep the government open and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):

“Senate Democrats have let down our troops, our children, and all Americans. They will do anything to appease their base, even shut down the federal government. There is nothing in this bill to keep the government open that Democrats actually oppose, and yet they are blocking it nonetheless in a dangerous political ploy. All of this is just unnecessary. It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown.”