Trump’s Government 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:
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There is a chorus of voices growing… and not in President Trump’s favor.
Following President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border, opposition is building to his hypocritical decision to circumvent the Constitution in order to build a border wall that Congress has refused to fund.
Last night, I joined House Democrats to cast my vote for compromise report legislation to keep the government open and secure the border with smart and strategic investments.
Tonight, the House voted to keep government open and serving the American people as well as to improve the security of our borders with smart and strategic investments. 
Not only are millions of Americans expected to receive smaller tax refunds this year as a result of the GOP tax scam, but it’s also been much harder for taxpayers to get their questions answered as they attempt to file their taxes.
Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney’s comments this morning were irresponsible and alarming. Instead of threatening another unnecessary and dangerous government shutdown, the Trump Administration ought to reassure federal employees, their families, and the millions of Americans they serve that another shutdown is off the table.
With the President threatening another Trump shutdown, we wanted to draw your attention to a headline in today’s Wall Street Journal: Most Economists Say Fresh Government Shutdown Would Hurt U.S. Growth.
President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address tonight on the heels of the longest government shutdown in history. While he is expected to claim credit for his policies, a look at his record over the past two years shows that he has failed the middle-class and made America less secure.
This week, the House passed the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which will bring the 2019 cost-of-living adjustment for civilian federal employees in line with the cost-of-living adjustment given to members of the military.
Today, 163 House Republicans voted against a resolution that says shutting down the government is stupid and bad policy. 
This resolution is so simple. Shutdown is stupid. That's all it says.
After five weeks of an unnecessary, costly, and painful shutdown, the american people have been reminded how critical the work our federal employees perform is to our national security and economic security. Americans were horrified to learn that many civilian federal employees live paycheck to paycheck.
Frankly, what I think the President does is he states facts to conform to his beliefs, as opposed to having his beliefs based upon facts.
For 35 days, President Trump and Congressional Republicans kept the government shut down, leaving 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, damaging our nation’s economy, and undermining national security.
Today’s CBO outlook shows the American people what is already evident: Donald Trump will go down in history as the worst president in terms of fiscal irresponsibility.
Today’s CBO estimate confirms what we already know: shutting down the government is a failed policy that harms our country and our people.
This evening, the House passed a short term continuing resolution to reopen the government and allow 800,000 federal employees to get back to work serving the American people and receive the pay they are due.
Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) introduced the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which would bring the 2019 pay increase for civilian federal employees in line with the raise given to members of the military.
While I am relieved that the President is finally willing to allow 800,000 federal employees get back to work and receive the paychecks they are due – and restore critical services to millions of Americans – it is deeply angering that he inflicted deep uncertainty and economic insecurity on Americans across the country for no reason for the past thirty-five days.
The Trump-McConnell shutdown is not a game and has real-world consequences to our economy and the well-being of millions of Americans.
Madam Speaker, I rise to join with my colleagues in highlighting the absurdity of the Trump-McConnell shutdown and share some of the ways, just some few ways, it's affecting Americans in my district.
After refusing to hold votes on reopening government for more than a month, Senate Republicans voted to continue the Trump-McConnell shutdown today, irresponsibly ignoring the suffering of millions of Americans who are being impacted. 
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: