Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on House Vote to End Trump Shutdown

Jan 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted to swiftly reopen government.  On opening day, the new House Democratic Majority has done what President Trump refused to do — end an unnecessary Trump Shutdown:

“It is ridiculous that President Trump has dragged the country into the third government shutdown of his beleaguered and incompetent Administration.  He has singlehandedly held hostage the paychecks of hard-working Americans and harmed our economy — all over an ineffective and expensive wall he repeatedly said Mexico would pay for.

“Trump has recklessly and childishly used the government shutdown as a political weapon to pander to his base.  He forced the shutdown because he didn’t like how the right-wing media characterized him and it has become clearer as each day has gone by that he doesn’t know how to get the country out of the mess he created.  Democrats, though, have taken action because the President is incapable of and ineffectual at doing so.

“The legislation that I voted in favor of today has already advanced in the Senate on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and if Congressional Republicans refuse to support these bills, then they are in cahoots with this inept President.  Funding the federal government is one of the most basic responsibilities of Congress.  Democrats are prepared to get the job done for the American people and Congressional Republicans should join us.”