DeGette Statement on Federal Government Shutdown
Washington, DC – Rep. Diana DeGette released the following statement after funding expired for nine federal departments and numerous agencies:
“Families in Colorado and across America should be enjoying the holiday season with their loved ones. Instead, this shutdown is forcing many to worry about their livelihoods during what should be a relaxing and celebratory time of year.
“More than 420,000 federal employees will be working without pay, including more than 41,000 federal law enforcement and correctional officers. Another 400,000 additional federal employees will be furloughed. Federal contractors, including people working in lower-wage service positions, are unable to do their jobs – or get paid. All of this financial pain and disruption comes at a time of year when many Americans have extra expenses, adding to the needless damage done in this shutdown.
“While several federal departments and agencies have already had their funding bills passed and will continue to operate, the American people will still feel the pain of slashed services. Federal efforts to help Americans buy homes, support small businesses, provide assistance to low-income households, ensure consumer safety, and more will be significantly hampered.
“It’s shameful that President Trump is willing to harm so many Americans in a desperate ploy to secure funding for his senseless and racist border wall. Even worse, he claims the shutdown will last for “a very long time,” creating even more misery for working families across Colorado and the country. After nearly two years as president, he still hasn’t recognized the fallacy of his immigration policies and the need to work with Democrats in order to effectively serve the American people.
“I support border security, and my Democratic colleagues and I want to work with the President and our colleagues across the aisle to keep America safe. But I will never vote to support this wall – a symbol of xenophobia and bigotry that our community whole-heartedly rejects. I will continue working to avoid a government shutdown in a manner that doesn’t compromise our values. And you can be sure that when Democrats lead the House of Representatives in 2019, we will not entertain these outrageous shenanigans from the President and his allies in Congress.”