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Will they close down the bar, too?

Garren Shipley - April 12, 2018

Tim Kaine is back on the trail tonight, this time with fellow Democrat Senator Cory Booker, at a happy hour event in Alexandria. 
 
Please consider the following quote from me should you chose to cover this evening’s event:
 
“It’s fitting that Tim Kaine and Cory Booker are holding a happy hour event in Northern Virginia. After both of them voted to shut down the Federal government earlier this year, they both owe tens of thousands of Federal employees in Northern Virginia a drink, at least. Hopefully they won’t vote to shut down the bar, too.” — Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman
 
Background:
 

On January 19, 2018, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Voted To Shut Down The Government.(H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14: Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Booker Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16, Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Booker Voted Nay)

Sen. Booker Said He Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill That Doesn’t Include Solutions To Protect DACA Recipients. “Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took the same tough line, declaring last month, ‘I want solutions to protect these kids, and won’t vote for a spending bill that doesn’t include one.’ He called it an issue ‘of basic decency and morality.’” (Alexander Bolten, “Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights,” The Hill, 12/7/17)

In 2013, Sen. Booker Characterized Government Shutdowns As Extremism And Playing Politics. “Discussing the government shutdown and coming debt-ceiling deadline, Booker derided ‘tea-party extremists’ and sought to paint Lonegan as one of them, while saying that ‘we need people that will raise the debt ceiling and not play this shutdown politics that plays with the full faith and credit of the United States of America.’” (Elizabeth Titus, “Lonegan Blasts Booker’s City,” Politico, 10/9/13)

In 2013, As A Candidate, Sen. Booker Said The Government Shutdown Made Him Realize Why Congress Had Such A Low Approval Rating. “‘I stayed up last night expecting our Congress to stand together and stop a government shutdown. I sat and stared at my TV and hoped for the best. I always tell people I am a prisoner of hope. And as I sat there and watched midnight come and go, I suddenly knew why I think I read once that Congress has such a low approval rating - somewhere around cockroaches and colonoscopies. And as one of my friends said, I think they have a nine or 10 percent approval rating, which means only their friends and family like them.’” (Michael Izzo, “Booker Discusses Shutdown, College Affordability At FDU,” Courier News [New Jersey], 10/15/13)


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