(WNY News Now) – In a statement issued today, New York Assembly member Charles Lavine (D-North Shore) called on Republican Congressional representatives to responsibly fund the government and prevent a potential shutdown.
Albany – Assembly member Charles Lavine of New York’s 13th Assembly District has voiced concerns over the looming possibility of a government shutdown, emphasizing the critical need for responsible action. Lavine urged New York’s 11 Republican Congressional representatives to fulfill their duty and vote in favor of government funding.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Lavine pointed out that the United States faces multiple threats, both domestic and international, including cybersecurity risks, threats from foreign nations, and the aftermath of the January 6th, 2021 attempted coup. He emphasized that a government shutdown would further endanger national security.
Lavine underscored the responsibilities of citizenship, as outlined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and called upon all elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, to uphold their solemn duty to fund the government.
The Assembly member noted the irony that while Congressional representatives continue to receive their paychecks, many federal employees, including thousands in Long Island, may not be paid in the event of a shutdown.
In conclusion, Lavine implored his Republican colleagues in both state and local government to join him in preventing a shutdown that could have far-reaching consequences for the nation’s democracy.
Charles Lavine currently serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and holds membership in several other legislative committees, including Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Insurance, and Rules.