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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Trump Government Shutdown

January 4, 2019
Press Release

I want the federal government shutdown ended immediately and all federal workers to go back to work – with full pay.  Unfortunately, for the past two weeks President Trump and House Republicans have once again proven they are incapable of responsibly governing our country.

Federal employees are not political pawns, but that is exactly how the White House is treating 800,000 employees who are working without pay or on furlough. President Trump is demanding $5.9 billion of taxpayer funds for a border wall. If he doesn’t get his way, he is threatening to keep the government shutdown for months or even the rest of the year.

This is outrageous, irresponsible, and a complete dereliction of duty by this president.

Yesterday, the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives approved legislation to fund the government and end the shutdown. I voted to pass legislation which had previously received overwhelming Republican support in the U.S. Senate. It’s now up to the Senate Republicans to act.

Democrats are value the work of federal employees and the vital services they provide to keep our country safe, strong and successful. If President Trump refused to end the shutdown then Senate and House Republicans need to stop playing politics and stand united override a White House veto and re-open all federal agencies. It is time to act – NOW!