Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Republican Initiated Government Shutdown

Jan 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the Republican initiated government shutdown:

“This government shutdown is caused by Congressional Republicans who refuse to govern and work across the aisle with Democrats.  The only people who suffer in this petty partisan gridlock are the American people.  

“Their inability to negotiate in good faith for the key priorities of working families highlight the fact that they are led by a President who is not the ultimate dealmaker. 

“Attempting to bend to a political agenda that only addresses the far right of this country has done nothing but create chaos, uncertainty, and instability. 

“A shutdown weakens business and consumer confidence and directly impacts hundreds of thousands of government employees.  This is irresponsible governance that will have significant economic costs, which could have been avoided.

“It is clear that Congressional Republicans not only lack the ability and will to lead, but they are hell-bent in their refusal to permanently reauthorize CHIP (a program that benefits 9 million kids), sufficiently fund Community Health Centers, and protect Dreamers’ futures.

“Our nation depends on a functioning government that works on behalf of the American people.  It is a sad day when we have to witness the unraveling of institutions because of weak and reckless leadership.”