Bustos Again Votes for Legislation to Open the Government, Fund Department of Homeland Security

 

VIDEO: Bustos Held Press Conference with Mayors to Discuss Impact of Shutdown on Local Communities Across the Country

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) once again voted to reopen the federal government. The legislation voted on today contains funding to reopen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide back pay to staff at DHS who have been working without pay amid the ongoing government shutdown. Today’s vote marks the eleventh time Congresswoman Bustos has voted to reopen the government.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with many of the hardworking federal workers across our region and heard just how damaging this shutdown has been for them,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “It’s simply not an option to continue governing this way and we cannot allow TSA agents, federal prison employees, border patrol agents and other workers to continue to wonder when their next pay check will come. That’s why today’s legislation ensures they will receive the pay they’ve earned over the past few weeks.

“On top of that, it will help keep our communities safe by ensuring those who work to keep our nation secure have the resources they need. It’s long past time for Mitch McConnell and the White House to step up and end this manufactured crisis.”

Yesterday, Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation that would effectively secure our border, as well as reopen the government. In addition, Congresswoman Bustos outlined a four-point plan to help keep communities safe in a recent op-ed – you can read more about that plan by clicking here.

Just this month, Congresswoman Bustos has voted 11 times to end the shutdown, open the government and keep families safe:

  1. Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support.
  2. Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.
  3. Jan. 9 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
  4. Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
  5. Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
  6. Jan. 11 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
  7. Jan. 15 – Congresswoman Bustos voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 1.
  8. Jan. 16 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8.
  9. Jan. 23 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 28.
  10. Jan. 23 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to end the shutdown, support effective border security measures and fund the government through Sept. 30.
  11. Jan. 24 – Congresswoman Bustos voted to end the shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 28 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.

 

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