FUND THE GOVERNMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 6
(House of Representatives - January 11, 2019)

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                          FUND THE GOVERNMENT

  (Mr. JOYCE of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. JOYCE of Pennsylvania. Madam Speaker, it is with a great sense of 
honor that I stand before you to deliver my first address on the floor 
of the people's House.
  As legislators, one of our fundamental duties is to fully fund the 
government and to do it on time. But there are Federal employees, such 
as the brave corrections officers working at FCI Loretto, people whom, 
as their doctor, I have treated. These people continue to go without 
pay.
  These hardworking men and women do not deserve this shutdown. No 
American does.
  We are in this situation because Democrats refuse to compromise and 
fund the border wall, even though many of them have voted to do so in 
the past.
  Today, I offer a question to my colleagues across the aisle: What 
changed? Are you really willing to reverse a previous position and keep 
government closed just so you can resist the President's agenda?

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  It is time to fund the wall and send the President an appropriations 
package that he will sign. I urge my Democratic friends to negotiate so 
we can get back to work for the American people.

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