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WNY congressional representatives split on spending bill

WASHINGTON — The short-term spending bill to end the government shutdown divided Democrats in the House, too.

Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo voted against the measure Monday, saying it was wrong for Congress to pass one short-term spending bill after another and to tie issues such as the Dreamers – young illegal immigrants brought to America by their parents – to legislation to fund the government.

"There is no substantive talk about anything relative to a real budget," he said.

While Higgins supports a legislative solution to allow the Dreamers to stay in America, he added: "The budget should not include external issues."

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport, also a Democrat, supported the spending measure, saying Democrats were given a voice in it that they were not given in an earlier measure that failed last week.

"Now that Democrats were finally offered a seat at the table, cooler heads have prevailed," she said.

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Republican Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed supported the bill ending the shutdown.

"While short-term spending agreements are never ideal, I am pleased that we have reopened the government" while reauthorizing the popular Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, Collins, of Clarence, said.

Reed, of Corning, agreed. He said: "The American people rejected this shutdown, knowing full well extremism is no way to run a country."

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