12.21.18

Whitehouse Statement on Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on the looming shutdown of parts of the federal government following President Donald Trump’s rejection of the stopgap spending bill passed with broad bipartisan support in the Senate:

“The American people want leaders to do their jobs and govern with a steady hand.  But President Trump has upended the agreement he reached with his own party, threatening the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of Americans less than a week before Christmas and sending markets tumbling. 

“Rather than working with Democrats, Republicans are choosing to bring government agencies to a halt, including the agency charged with protecting our border.  We have seen plenty of pointless brinksmanship from congressional Republicans in recent years, but this takes the cake.”

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