Lawmakers respond to Pres. Trump’s plan to reopen gov’t

Lawmakers respond to Pres. Trump’s plan to reopen gov’t
Lawmakers react to the president's announcement of deal to end the government shutdown. (Source: Pixabay)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Senators from Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky have issued statements after President Donald Trump announced on Friday, January 25 that a temporary deal was reached to end the partial government shutdown.

“Shutdowns are bad politics and even worse government. Democrats say they’re for stronger border security. It’s time for them to get to the table. And then this process should be done through the normal structure. The president has a clear responsibility to secure the border and if Democrats cooperate we won’t end up in a place where this is done through declaring an emergency. That precedent could create real problems in the future on other issues."
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO_
“For 35 days, Donald Trump has caused serious damage to our country by holding the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors hostage and disrupting critical government functions. I hope today’s announcement, which is similar to the deal Trump rejected in December, means that this ridiculous and unnecessary government shutdown will end immediately.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
“For weeks, I’ve stated that I wouldn’t let the Senate become a theater for show votes and messaging stunts from either side. We’d only vote on plans that stood an actual chance of being signed by the president and thus becoming law.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Finally, President Trump has ended his disastrous government shutdown.  One of the results of this embarrassing, destructive, and unnecessary government shutdown should be a new bipartisan rule which guarantees we will never face this again.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
“This shutdown never would have happened had both parties shown an equal willingness to work together and secure the border,” said Bost.  “I agree with the administration’s decision to reopen the government, even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues turning her back on bipartisan negotiations.  I’m pleased that our federal workers will begin to receive their paychecks again and that full government services will be made available again to the American people.  These hardworking men and women didn’t deserve to have their financial wellbeing held hostage.  This short-term agreement allows time to recognize the importance of working together on this critical national security issue, hopefully ensuring that we can both fund the government and secure the border into the future.”
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
“Over the last 35 days of this partial government shutdown, President Trump has been more than reasonable, making offer after offer in good faith to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer to reach a long term deal to secure the border and reopen the government. In response, Speaker Pelosi refused to allow her caucus to meet with the President, offered no more than $1 to secure our borders, and even went as far as canceling the State of the Union. The Speaker claimed she wouldn’t negotiate securing the border until the government was reopened... well now she has her shot. I am glad that those currently protecting our airports and border crossings are finally getting paid, but I have no confidence that in 21 days the Democrat leadership will suddenly want to negotiate and we will find ourselves in a better place with plans for a more secure southern border. If there is one thing Washington knows how to do best, it’s kicking the can down the road and punting on solving the problems of today until tomorrow.”
Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)

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