Trump’s Government Shutdown

Shutdown
Democrats continue to urge President Trump to compromise and re-open the government so it can work on behalf of the American people.
On December 21, 2018, President Trump and House Republicans shut down parts of the federal government in a shameful, partisan effort to force taxpayers to fund an expensive and ineffective border wall. As a result, 800,000 hardworking federal employees are either furloughed or forced to work without a paycheck for the duration of this shutdown. Millions of Americans are being affected as government services have been suspended, including having their tax refunds delayed, having home loan approvals delayed, seeing decreased security at airports, and being put at risk as national parks operate without staff or guides. House Democrats are working to reopen government, but President Trump and the Republican-led Senate have refused to take action to end this costly shutdown.

For the latest on the shutdown, see updates below:
Shutdown Related
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) engaged in a colloquy on the House Floor today with Minority Whip Steve Scalise and urged Congressional Republicans to reopen government immediately and then both parties can negotiate on border security. Below is a link to the video and excerpts of his remarks:
 
1/24/19
Here’s your shockingly out of touch Republican comment of the day (but it’s still early!). Perhaps this is why Republicans have yet to show any urgency to reopen the government?
1/24/19
Shutting down the government of the United states is stupid, irresponsible, and dangerous.
1/23/19
It is a stupid, irresponsible, and dangerous policy that [Republicans] are pursuing by keeping the government shut down.
1/23/19
Today is Day 33 of the Trump shutdown, the longest in our nation’s history, and the impacts of the shutdown are growing. From undermining law enforcement efforts and delaying tax refunds to cutting off revenue for small businesses and putting vulnerable Americans at risk of being evicted, the shutdown is affecting Americans across the country. Take a look:
 
1/23/19
President Trump said he would be proud to shut down the government and that he would own it. Thirty-three days into this Trump shutdown, poll after poll shows he does own it.
1/23/19
In poll after poll, the American people hold President Trump responsible for the month-long government shutdown, and a recent Washington Post article points out that even his supporters are blaming him for the shutdown and urging him to re-open the government now. Key excerpts:
 
1/22/19
President Trump and Senator McConnell need to open government today.
1/19/19
This week, House Democrats voted every day to reopen government and end the Trump shutdown. 
1/18/19
The needless continuation of the Trump shutdown is unacceptable and detrimental to our nation and its economy.  Democrats have offered one idea after another to reopen government, and we will continue to vote on legislation to end the Trump shutdown.
1/17/19
[The economic consequences of the government shutdown] are very substantial, very unfortunate, and very unnecessary.
1/17/19
Our Russian – I won't call them enemies, but adversaries – at least, are very happy, I’m sure, that the American government is shut down. 
1/17/19
[Democrats] have supported a lot of resources and expansion of border security personnel, border security technology, all sorts of things that have been designed to make the border more secure.
1/16/19
Today, House Democrats once again voted to reopen government while 187 House Republicans voted to keep it shut down.  Meanwhile, 800,000 federal employees and their families are finding it harder to make ends meet, and Americans across the country are being denied the services they expect from their government. 
1/16/19
Our first day, on January 3, [House Democrats] passed legislation that would have opened every agency of government, for a short time, to be sure, for Homeland Security, but would have opened up all government agencies with Senate bills. 
1/16/19
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) released a video after he joined freshman Reps.
1/16/19
The economic damage from the Trump shutdown is “inflicting far greater damage” than previously estimated, according to the President’s own economists. The New York Times explains the Council of Economic Advisers’ analysis shows how a prolonged shutdown could cause a recession. So, the President is not only making Americans less safe, but he’s also damaging our economy by refusing to reopen government while border negotiations continue. Key excerpts here:
 
1/16/19
Four times last week we passed bills to open up the government. Today, we passed a bill to open up the government. Holding us responsible for keeping us shut down is irrational.
1/15/19
Today, I brought to the Floor a continuing resolution to reopen the government through February 1 so that federal employees can get back to work serving the American people and receive the paychecks they’ve earned.  One hundred eighty-seven Republicans voted to keep the government shut down. 
1/15/19
Yesterday, the President said: "When it comes to keeping the American people safe, I will never, ever back down." But shutting down the government for 25 days and putting undue stress on hardworking TSA agents who are forced to work without pay is not making Americans any safer. Instead, it’s putting them at risk and causing chaos at our nation’s airports. Read more about how the shutdown is impacting air travel here:
 
1/15/19
Wanted to be sure you saw this Politico article highlighting the wide-reaching impacts of the shutdown across the federal government – inspections and investigations have been halted; tax refunds are delayed; furloughed judges mean the immigration courts backlog is worsening; and more. Key excerpts:
 
1/15/19
Representing the people of Maryland’s Fifth District, including the 62,000 federal employees, is one of my greatest honors. Every day, federal employees in Maryland and throughout the nation work hard to serve the American people by strengthening our national security, protecting our health and safety, and supporting economic development and the growth of prosperity.
1/15/19
Mr. Speaker, this weekend, the Republican leader, Mr. McCarthy, went on Face the Nation and said the following: ‘It is unacceptable that 800,000 U.S. employees are not being paid.
1/15/19
President Trump’s government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history.
1/15/19