Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Continues to Vote to Re-Open Government As America Enters Day 26 of the Trump Shutdown

Jan 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTONToday, President Trump and Congressional Republicans have led America into Day 26 of the Trump Shutdown.  There is no reason to keep government shut down over the demands for an ineffective and wasteful wall.  The Democratic House Majority has brought forth seven pieces of legislation to open government.

“It is outlandish that Republicans have left American families wondering how they will cover their basic costs of living, things like food, housing, and fuel.  Enough is enough.  Democrats have voted multiple times to re-open government and fight for the 800,000 Americans who have either been furloughed or are working without pay.  Republicans leaders lack the will and empathy as they continue to sit by as and put hardworking Americans in truly dire situations,” said Rush.

“There are 7,471 federal workers and their families in Illinois who are affected by the reckless and unnecessary Trump Shutdown.  These are our relatives, friends, and neighbors and it is unbelievable to see the damage President Trump and Congressional Republicans are doing to communities across Illinois.”

Since day one of 116th Congress, Representative Rush has voted to open the government and fund key agencies seven times:

  1. January 15: Rush voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 1, 2019.
  2. January 11: Rush voted to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
  3. January 10: Rush voted to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
  4. January 10: Rush voted to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
  5. January 9: Rush voted to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
  6. January 3: Rush voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, 2019.
  7. January 3: Rush voted for a package of six appropriations bills that were all previously passed by the Senate with unanimous or overwhelmingly bipartisan support.

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