Sen. Chris Coons released a statement Jan. 20 on the shutdown of the U.S government.

"Despite this frustrating outcome tonight, I continue to believe that the disagreements between Republicans and Democrats on the issues that brought us to this point can be overcome,” said Coons.

"We can invest in our military, fund the Children's Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers, provide disaster relief, address the opioid crisis, and fix our immigration system, but we need leadership, and we need trust,” said Coons.

"Throughout the past few weeks and all the way up through this evening, I've participated in dozens of conversations with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and we agree on more than we disagree on. Tomorrow and every day until this is resolved, I will continue to work as hard as I can to help us reach a sensible, responsible way forward,” said Coons.