Oklahoma lawmakers blame Democrats, react to federal government shutdown

TULSA -- Members of the Oklahoma delegation are reacting to the shutdown of the federal government after senators failed to make a funding deal overnight. 

Sen. Jim Inhofe released a statement Saturday morning and blamed the shutdown on the Democrats. 

"Senate Democrats overwhelmingly voted against our government -- opposing funding for our troops, veterans, seniors, health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over illegal immigrations," Sen. Inhofe wrote. 

"I'm going to keep working towards reopening our government and passing a long-term funding bill," he added, "but right now only one thing is clear -- it is the American people who will suffer if Sen. Schumer continues his politically motivated shutdown." 

Rep. Markwayne Mullin also issued a statement Friday night and, like his Republican colleagues, held Democrats responsible for the shutdown. 

"Certain members of Congress are so blinded by their hatred of President Donald Trump that they are willing to do anything to spite him," Mullin wrote. 

"Chuck (Schumer) and Nancy (Pelosi) are bringing a fight to the table that doesn't need to be at the table yet and I'm disgusted by their partisan antics that have put us in this current situation," he added. "We can only hope that they're finally ready to tackle the issues at hand -- starting with funding our government, our troops and our children's health care." 

Congress will reconvene Saturday to once again try to reach a deal to keep the federal government open. 

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