Before Friday night, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein couldn’t figure out if she supported a government shutdown or not. When the time came to vote, she made her decision clear.
On Thursday, nearly a full day before the Democrats imposed the “Schumer Shutdown” of the federal government, Feinstein warned a CNN reporter that “people die, accidents happen” when the government shuts down, indicating that she might support a continuing resolution to keep government funded.
That was in direct contradiction to a statement her office had issued earlier that day, which insisted Republicans make more concessions to win Democrat votes.
By midnight on Friday, however, Dianne Feinstein stood with other Democrats and voted against a procedural vote that would have allowed an extension on government funding. Essentially, she voted to allow people die, despite her earlier warning.
The Washington Examiner reports on Dianne Feinstein’s comments, posted before the government shutdown vote on Friday.
“Shutting down the government is a very serious thing. People die, accidents happen,” Feinstein told CNN. “You don’t know. Necessary functions can cease. There is no specific list you can look at and make a judgment: ‘Well everything is going to be just fine.’ You can’t make that judgment. So, I think it’s a last resort. And I’m really hopeful we don’t get to it.”
Feinstein told CNN she hadn’t yet decided whether she will vote for the short-term spending bill unveiled by congressional Republicans earlier this week. The stopgap measure funds the government until Feb. 16 and reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.
“I don’t know how I would vote right now on a CR, OK?” the California Democrat said.
But Feinstein’s uncertainty about whether she’ll back the legislation stands in contrast to a statement her office issued earlier Thursday stating Feinstein is opposed to the bill.
“I said in December that I wouldn’t vote for a CR without the Dream Act, and I won’t do so now,” she said in a statement.
That itself was a change from how Feinstein sounded on Wednesday, when she said she would vote for a continuing resolution if it was necessary.
The government spending bill from Republican leadership does not include a measure to address Dreamers, as Senate Democrats had pushed for it to.
Democrats have signaled they have enough votes to block the short-term spending bill from passing, making the possibility of partial government shutdown more likely.