Rush Votes For Bipartisan Package To Re-Open Government, Slams Trump For Focusing On State Of The Union Address

Jan 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted for a new bipartisan package to re-open government and provide $1.6 billion for key border security initiatives.  The bipartisan package is based on legislation previously negotiated between the Republican-led House and Senate last year, prior to the Trump Shutdown.

“President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have led America into day 33 of a senseless and reckless shutdown, which is singlehandedly endangering our national security and threatening our economy.  Today’s legislation will be the 10th time House Democrats have voted for a bill to re-open the government since taking control of the House earlier this year.  President Trump and Congressional Republicans should stop holding American families and our economy hostage over a wasteful and ineffective wall he said Mexico would pay for.  It is disgraceful that the President is more focused on delivering his State of the Union address than delivering paychecks to the 800,000 federal workers who are not receiving pay and who are set to miss yet another paycheck,” said Rush.

The package includes $1.6 billion in key border security-related measures, such as:

  • $524.2 million for improvements in ports of entry:  The Financial Services and General Government section includes $524.2 million for investments in ports of entry, in order to meet the latest security requirements, improve border security, and increase capacity for vehicular traffic.
  • $563.4 million for additional immigration judges:  The Commerce–Justice–Science section in the package includes $563.4 million to accelerate the recruitment and hiring of additional immigration judges, in order to address the backlog in processing immigration cases.
  • $527 million for assistance to Central America:  The State–Foreign Operations–Related Programs section includes $527 million for assistance to Central America, a critical investment in addressing conditions in Central American countries that many migrants are fleeing from.

This package fully funds all agencies except Homeland Security through September 30, 2019.  It also includes language ensuring federal employees who are working without pay or who have been furloughed receive back pay.