NEW YORK STATE -- Just two days after a bitter divisiveness put the federal government on hold, two of New York's representatives in Washington cross the aisle to promote an important cause together.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Gibson announced a joint effort to promote awareness of Lyme disease in Greene County. The two are putting forward legislations that will address the rapid increase in tick-borne illnesses across the country but especially in New York.
This isn't the first time a Democrat and Republican have supported the same cause. And they hope that by showing cooperation and solidarity so soon it may spur others to do the same.
"Yes we come from different parties, we're Americans first. We have a long history of working together. Nanotechnology, we worked together on veteran's issues, we worked together on farming and Lyme Disease and broadband as well," said Congressmen Chris Gibson.
Senator Gillibrand went on to say, "It shouldn't be unusual. What the public asks of us, what the American people demand, and what New Yorkers need are members of congress that work together to solve these problems."
This week's vote funds the government until January of next year. Congress will then have to come back to the table in mid-December to discuss the budget