Rep. Richmond Statement on the Trump Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) issued the following statement on President Trump’s government shutdown:
“President Trump and congressional Republicans have placed our country in a shutdown that could have easily been avoided,” Rep. Richmond said. “They decided it was more important to put over 400,000 federal workers in jeopardy, many of whom will be forced to work without pay, all because he failed to get support over a wall that does absolutely nothing to keep Americans safer. Trump’s wish for a government shutdown that he repeatedly asked for was finally granted while countless hard working civil servants will suffer this holiday season."
“Even the President’s own Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney blasted his wall calling it ‘absurd’ and ‘childish’. He even went on to say, ‘The fence doesn’t stop anybody who really wants to get across...You go under, you go around, you go through it.’ Because of the Trump Shutdown, the landmark Violence Against Women Act has also expired. We have a responsibility to uplift and protect women in this country, and Trump, yet again, decided to undermine the group of people who are the very bedrock of our communities, families, and workplaces."
“When we enter the 116th Congress in the beginning of January, my Democratic colleagues and I will do everything in our power to reverse this senseless shutdown.”