Langevin Statement on Trump Announcement to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will support reopening the government for three weeks to allow for negotiations on border security:

“President Trump finally accepted reality today. From day one, I have said that a government shutdown cannot be used as a political weapon. Democrats have insisted that the government be open before negotiations on border security could take place, and this afternoon, the President finally accepted the deal that has been on the table for a month. What is outrageous is that the President came to his senses only after 35 days of suffering for unpaid federal workers and the American people who rely on the critical services they provide.

“We all want stronger border security. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues across the aisle to find common ground over the next three weeks on this important issue. However, I hope the President has realized once and for all that it is unacceptable to use federal workers and the American public as political pawns to fulfill his campaign promise of building a wall.”