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Welch Statement on Reopening of Government

January 25, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the reopening of federal government:  

President Trump’s reckless decision to shutter federal agencies in order to fulfill a phony campaign promise did real harm to real people. For 35 days, federal employees, contractors and businesses endured government-inflicted financial jeopardy. The American economy was damaged. Vital government services, from ensuring the safety of our skies to the safety of our food, were disrupted.

America needs commonsense, cost-effective border and port security and comprehensive immigration reform. Those important goals will never be met if this impetuous and willful president does not abandon the now thoroughly discredited tactic of closing the federal government. It should never be used again.