What I'm Doing to End the Trump Shutdown
Earlier this week, I stood with Illinois lawmakers and furloughed employees at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where many TSA agents are working to protect travelers’ safety—without pay. We gathered at O’Hare to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which has left 800,000 Americans, including nearly 7,500 in Illinois, without the paychecks they rely on to make ends meet. From the destruction being caused in our National Parks to the delay of SNAP food stamp assistance and the stress placed on disaster relief preparations, the consequences of the shutdown are extensive and grave.
As the newly-elected Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, I have been working to end the shutdown and introduced a bill to re-open critical agencies, including the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). I was pleased that my bill passed the House, but much, much more work remains. Which is why I've also voted in favor of several other bills to re-open additional government agencies and co-sponsored legislation to provide immediate financial relief to federal employees.
It is never okay to hold people, paychecks, or essential government services hostage as a deal-making tactic, and I will continue to speak out in urging my Republican colleagues, in particular Senator McConnell, to step up and govern responsibly. Every day this shutdown continues, we are adversely affect our constituents, our local communities, and entire national economy.