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Bonamici Statement on End of Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019
Press Release
President Trump Owes Federal Employees an Apology, Bonamici Says


WASHINGTON, DC [1/25/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump agreed to sign a three-week Continuing Resolution to reopen the government.


“I am relieved that dedicated federal employees can finally get paid,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “It is entirely unacceptable that the shutdown went on for so long. I heard from many Oregonians who faced financial challenges, eviction, and hunger as a result of the Trump shutdown. Despite these hardships, many federal employees continued to protect our country without pay.


“President Trump owes these families an apology. He could have signed this bill in December. Instead, he needlessly inflicted pain on hundreds of thousands of federal employees and their families.


“I have supported and will continue to support effective border security solutions. Once the government is officially reopened, we can immediately begin bipartisan discussions about effective ways we can secure our border, including resources for surveillance and scanning, strengthening port of entry infrastructure, and filling the thousands of customs personnel vacancies.


“My thoughts are with the federal employees who now be able to pay their bills and try to get back to normal. But we face another funding deadline in three weeks, and absolutely cannot allow President Trump to govern by crisis and inflict more pain on these families by shutting down the government again. I will do everything I can to make sure that does not happen.”