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January 20, 2018

Rep. Aguilar’s Statement on Government Shutdown

Rep. Pete Aguilar issued the following statement following failure by Congressional Republicans to pass a government funding package:

“Americans have every right to feel frustrated, upset and betrayed by their government today. Republicans in Washington, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, have refused to consider any of the bipartisan compromises that would have kept the government open, and have instead decided to play politics with  our national security, the health care of millions of children and the futures of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. The decision by Republican leadership to ignore calls for bipartisan solutions like the USA Act and allow a government shutdown will only hurt middle-class families in the Inland Empire and across the country.

“Congress now has a responsibility to resolve this matter as quickly as possible, and the Republicans who control every lever of the federal government must consider one of the bipartisan compromises that will fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and provide certainty to the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who are at risk of deportation from the only home they’ve ever known. Working families deserve more than this from their government, and I will stay in Washington to fight on their behalf until Congress upholds its duty to fully fund the government.”