Langevin Condemns Senate Republicans for Backtracking on Government Funding

Jan 24, 2019 Issues: Budget, Economy and Jobs, Immigration

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans scuttled a bipartisan funding bill that would reopen the government through February 8. Earlier today, Langevin voted for a House Democratic bill to reopen the Department of Homeland Security:

“After a month of ignoring the Trump shutdown, Senate Republicans today executed a flip-flop of epic proportions. It was just last month that the Senate passed a bill to fund the government through February 8 without a single Republican in opposition. Yet today, Senate Republicans have placed political calculation above the hardships of the American people and opted to reverse course. With the failure of the President’s false ‘compromise’ proposal – in a chamber controlled by his own party – the Senate has ensured federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow.

“These developments in the Senate come on the same day that the House passed legislation that would reopen the Department of Homeland Security and finally pay Coast Guard members, TSA workers, and border patrol and customers officers. It is the height of irony that the President’s obsession with the border wall does not extend to paying the people charged with actually providing border security.

“Senate Republicans are clearly more interested in following the President’s whims than they are in ending his disastrous shutdown. I urge them to rethink this doomed strategy and instead take up one of the many House-passed bills that reopens the government.”