January 17, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 10 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
GOVERNMENT FUNDING; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 10
(Senate - January 17, 2019)
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[Page S288] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] GOVERNMENT FUNDING Mr. SCHUMER. First, I want to echo the words of my colleague, our great ranking member of Health and Human Services, Senator Murray. Now, look, folks. As the Trump shutdown drags into its 27th day, the pain inflicted on our country, our citizens, and our economy grows. The Council of Economic Advisers said the shutdown would hurt our economy twice as much [[Page S288]] as originally projected. Experts are predicting it could wipe out the entire first quarter of economic growth. At airports, an understaffed TSA means longer and longer lines. Yesterday, the executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said that flying ``is less safe today than a month ago, absolutely.'' Hundreds of thousands of public servants are suffering. I can give a list of a long number. President Trump, this shutdown--your shutdown-- has gone on too long. Why is President Trump punishing folks like so many of my constituents who have nothing to do with disagreements about borders? If you sense exasperation in my tone, you are right. We Democrats are exasperated. All we want to do is reopen the government. We are happy to debate border security with the President and our Republican colleagues--happy to. But let's reopen the government. My Republican friends here, both the President and Leader McConnell, are ignoring the overwhelming will of the American people. We urge our colleagues to think about this. We know that President Trump is not interested in ending the shutdown. Leader McConnell knows he has the power to end the shutdown. The only reason we are in this prolonged stalemate is that my friend the Republican leader refuses to take up any legislation to reopen government. We should do it now. I yield the floor. ____________________