Rep. Bobby L. Rush Slams GOP for Trump Shutdown

Jan 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — For the fifth time in 30 years, Republicans have shut down the federal government.  As the nation braces for the Trump Shutdown, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called out Republicans for failing to allow a bipartisan solution to keep the government open and meet the needs of the American people.

“As the country is forced to recall the anniversary of President Trump’s disastrous first year in office, he is starting his second year with an unnecessary government shutdown.  This is an administration driven by chaos and incoherent tweets,” said Rush.  “There is one party in charge of the House, the Senate, and the White House and Democrats will not  tolerate their deliberate collusion to work against the American people.”

In 2013, President Trump called Fox & Friends to lay blame for the GOP government shutdown at the feet of President Obama, saying, “The problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top…  The president is the leader, and he’s got to get everybody in a room and he’s got to lead.”  In the White House, however, President Trump explicitly called for a shutdown, tweeting in May of 2017, “our country needs a good shutdown.”

A government shutdown has stark consequences for the American people.  A report issued after the 2013 Republican government shutdown detailed many of the impacts of the shutdown, including:

  • Stopping progress on reducing the massive backlog of veterans’ disability claims;
  • Furloughing two-thirds of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and three-fourths of the National Institutes of Health;
  • Severely limiting flu season surveillance and monitoring;
  • Delaying life-saving FDA food safety inspections;
  • Disrupting 1.2 million private-sector loans to individuals and small businesses;
  • Delaying billions in tax refunds;
  • Shuttering Head Start centers serving 6,300 children; and
  • Destroying 120,000 private-sector jobs and furloughing government workers for a combined 6.6 million days.

“The government should be open and working for the American people.  The priorities Americans want to see addressed (pensions, DREAMers, health care for kids, and funding of Community Health Centers) aren’t controversial.  Democrats in the House are willing to support a funding deal that honors those priorities,” said Rush.  “I will continue to do whatever I can to help local families and businesses navigate the uncertainty of the Trump Shutdown.  To that end, my offices remain open to help constituents navigate this tumultuous period.”