Langevin, House Democrats Vote on Clean Bill to End Trump Shutdown

Jan 23, 2019 Issues: Budget, Economy and Jobs, Immigration

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.J. Res 28, a continuing resolution that would reopen the federal government through February 28:

“President Trump claims he wants to negotiate to end his government shutdown, now in its 33rd day. My fellow Democrats and I agree that negotiations are essential, and we are happy to work with the President on sensible solutions to improve our border security. What we will not do is hold federal workers hostage during negotiations as too many of them have been doing their jobs for more than a month without pay.

“The bill we passed today will bring immediate relief to the federal workers and families across the country who continue to be harmed by this unprecedented shutdown. It comes with no strings attached – it is a strict continuation of funding levels we had been operating under prior to the Trump shutdown similar to the Republican continuing resolution that passed the Senate unanimously last month.

“Furthermore, this bill provides yet another alternative on the menu of options for reopening the government that House Democrats have passed since taking the majority on January 3. The President has a host of possibilities for reopening the government immediately, whether for a couple of days, a month, or for the rest of the year. It’s time he acted to undo the suffering he has caused.”