Republican government shutdown puts millions of families at risk

The U.S. Senate failed to approve a Continuing Resolution to temporarily fund the federal government, causing an immediate shutdown as of midnight on Friday.

This is the third attempt by Congress to postpone a decision on a final spending bill for 2018 that includes protections for 800,000 young immigrants previously covered by the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, also known as DACA, terminated in September by the Trump administration.

“Let’s be clear that this shutdown was caused by an administration and Republican majority in Congress that either cannot or refuses to govern, even when our children and youth are at stake,” said Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of We Belong Together and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “They chose to shutdown the government and hurt thousands of public employees and their families, just to avoid passing the Dream Act – a measure supported by 86% of Americans – as part of the spending bill.”

“These are the same people who blatantly ignored the will of the American public by passing a harmful tax bill that the majority of us opposed,” said Poo.

“Whether we count on a federal paycheck, use CHIP funding to keep our children healthy or live in limbo as the deadline on our DACA approaches — each and every one of us deserves a functioning government, not one bogged down by racism and toxic partisanship,” said Poo. “It’s time for Congress to pass a clean Dream Act, fund CHIP, and get our government running again. As we join marches with millions of women and men around the country this weekend, our unity and power behind these demands will only continue to grow.”

:Donald Trump and the Republicans shut down the government in order to push a bigoted, anti-immigrant agenda because the do not care about the needs of real Americans,” said Lisa McCormick, a New Jersey Democrat “Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico nearly three months ago, and hundreds of thousands of people still don’t have power. Now, Trump allowed his Republican Congress to shut down the government, so no more help is going there.”

“One year after taking over dysfunctional Washington, President Trump created a political crisis but he is trying to blame on Democrats for the government #GOPshutdown despite Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court,” said McCormick, who called o citizens to “Send Republicans representatives and senators a clear message: Pass CHIP & a clean Dream Act to end this now!”

Instead of exerting leadership, Trump used his Twitter account to blast Democrats for being “far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border.”

“President Trump and Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). “With that power comes a basic responsibility to keep the government open and running. Sadly, this was a responsibility they chose not to meet, and now the American people will suffer.”

“I am very disappointed that the Republicans chose to shut down the government,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Republican leader Mitch McConnell walked on to the floor knowing that he didn’t have anywhere near the 60 votes needed to pass the continuing resolution. In fact, he barely got 50 votes. Yet he insisted on going forward with a doomed resolution rather than negotiating a serious agreement with the Democrats and Republicans who opposed him.”

“We must reopen the government as soon as possible,” said Sanders.

“The GOP controls every branch of (government). I repeat: They control the (White House and) Congress,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “They’ve lurched from crisis to crisis for months w/o funding disaster recovery, health centers or children’s health care. All while Dreamers hang in the balance. This is no way to govern.”

“A government shutdown represents the ultimate failure to govern,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.). “Regrettably, we went down this road in October 2013, and the consequences of that impasse reverberated across the country.”

“The government shutdown is a direct result of the breakdown of cooperation in Congress,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). “It has been clear from the beginning we would need a bipartisan budget agreement to lift the caps on defense spending and fully fund our military. Yet four months into the current fiscal year, we are nowhere near reaching a deal on long-term legislation to properly train, equip and prepare our forces in the face of rising threats around the world.”

 


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