February 14, 2019

Duckworth Statement on Vote to Prevent Another Government Shutdown


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — After voting for a bipartisan compromise government funding bill to avoid another partial government shutdown, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:

“While this bipartisan deal is not perfect, it prevents another wasteful and unnecessary government shutdown that would hurt our economy and hold the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of government employees and contractors hostage. In fact, instead of forcing federal workers and their families to once again go without pay, this deal gives them a well-deserved cost-of-living increase. It also increases our investments in infrastructure, public health and environmental safety and it provides local communities with more resources to address the opioid epidemic. This bipartisan deal also responsibly includes funding to secure our border with the use of 21st century technology without wasting billions on the medieval border wall Donald Trump promised Mexico would pay for. As soon as this legislation passes the House of Representatives, I urge the President to sign it into law to prevent a government shutdown. I also hope he will back down from his reckless threat to engage in an unprecedented abuse of presidential power by wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a fake national emergency that will likely be blocked by the courts.”