Georgia Senators Split on Reopening the Government

Jan 25, 2019

The United States Senate on Thursday voted on two measures that would push forward efforts to reopen the government. Sen. Johnny Isakson broke from his GOP colleagues when he voted for both the Republican and Democratic proposal while Sen. David Perdue voted in support of President Donald Trump’s proposal to reopen the government.

After both measures failed, Perdue said in a press release that, “President Trump has tried to reopen negotiations with a reasonable proposal that not only fully funds the federal government, but also addresses critical border security and disaster relief. It is unacceptable that Senate Democrats continue to reject every opportunity to compromise in good faith. In the real world, both sides have to negotiate to find a solution. It’s time to work together to tackle these national priorities.”

Isakson was one of the six Republicans to vote for both measures. In his remarks on the Senate floor following the failed votes, Isakson said, "when everybody's out of work, it's our fault. These are the people who carry the mail, empty the garbage, cook in the cafeteria, clean up the parks and do everything they do without any complaint whatsoever." 

He went on to promote bipartisan compromise so that federal workers and contractors can get back to work.

As of Friday, the government remains partially closed.