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McCollum Statement on Trump-Republican Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress failed to pass appropriations legislation and shut down the federal government:

“President Donald Trump and the Republicans have total control of Washington, but have consistently refused to work with Democrats to fund the federal government or address a long list of urgent national priorities. As we reach the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency, tonight's government shutdown demonstrates the real consequences of the chaos emanating from an incompetent White House and of Congressional Republicans’ complete failure to govern.

“Instead of negotiating a budget agreement with Democrats to fund the government, President Trump and the Republicans wasted all of 2017 on disastrous Trumpcare bills, tax scam legislation, and near constant trips to the President’s private golf clubs. Republicans have lurched from one continuing resolution to the next, imperiling our military readiness, making government less efficient, and depriving families, communities, and businesses of the certainty they deserve.

“It is my hope that Republicans will finally sit down with Democrats and negotiate honestly. They must end their political games so important budget and policy agreements can be reached that will end the shutdown, responsibly fund the government for the remainder of 2018, and address pressing issues including disaster relief, expiring health care programs, struggling pension plans, the opioid epidemic, and the DREAM Act.”