WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement after the House passed legislation to end the Washington Republican government shutdown:
“Right now, there are 800,000 hardworking men and women either furloughed or working without pay because the White House and Washington Republicans chose to play political games rather than fulfill their basic responsibility to keep the government functioning. Families out there are hurting because of this stunt, and I’m pleased that the new House Democratic majority took immediate action to bring this needless government shutdown to an end. FBI agents, border patrol officers and airport security officials shouldn’t have to go to work and wonder if they can make next month’s rent – they deserve better from Washington.
“Let’s not mince words – this was political theater at its worst and an entirely avoidable crisis manufactured by a temper tantrum in the Oval Office. The President cannot tweet his way out of the shutdown – he needs to work with both parties to find solutions. And while he continues to sow chaos at the expense of ordinary Americans, we are committed to governing responsibly and leading our country out of this mess. Two weeks ago, there was a bipartisan consensus to fund the government that every single Senator agreed to – nearly identical to the legislation we passed today – and I hope they will work with us in good faith to end the shutdown.
“As the wife of a Sheriff, I fully understand that we can and must keep our communities safe – and I’ve always supported both comprehensive immigration reform and tough, effective strategies to secure our borders. But because of President Trump’s shutdown, border patrol agents aren’t even being paid for their work – that’s just wrong. As experts have long said, we ought to invest in 21st century solutions to secure the border – not an outdated, ineffective and fiscally irresponsible wall as the President has proposed.”
The House passed two bills today that will end the shutdown caused by President Trump and Washington Republicans after they rejected bipartisan government funding legislation that passed the Senate unanimously. One bill provides funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through February 8 – the same timeframe that passed the Senate unanimously two weeks ago. The other legislation will reopen all other government agencies with funding levels that have previously garnered overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate.
In a meeting with Congressional Leadership discussing government funding, President Trump said of a potential shutdown, “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”