Rush Statement on House Passage of Deal to Prevent Another Trump Shutdown and Protect our Borders

Feb 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the House passage of the FY19 Appropriations package, which prevents another senseless Trump Shutdown:

“I am pleased that we were able to work in a bipartisan way to fund the remainder of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.  While this is not the agreement I would have written, it does, reflect the true spirit of compromise and the best possible deal to responsibly fund our government and secure our border.

“This deal to keep government open secured major victories on our key Democratic priorities.  It denies President Trump the billions of dollars he demanded for a wasteful and ineffective border wall, places a check on his out-of-control deportation policy, funds a more humane immigration system, and provides resources for smart, effective border security.

“The government funding deal, which includes seven appropriations bills rejected President Trump’s deep budget cuts and instead make bold investments in top priorities, which will have a positive effect on my constituents in Illinois’ 1st Congressional District.  This agreement will give a 1.9 percent pay raise to federal civilian workers, provide $3 billion for state and local law enforcement to keep communities safe, address the opioid crisis, and rebuild America’s infrastructure, which will bring in nearly $100 million in additional highway funding for Illinois.

“The last Trump Shutdown cost our economy billions and federal workers are still recovering, which is why I support this deal and urge the President to sign it immediately.  Our country cannot endure another reckless shutdown."