Butterfield Statement on the Government Shutdown

Dec 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the partial federal government shutdown:

“It is devastating for 800,000 federal workers, including many North Carolinians, that President Trump and the lame duck Republican Congress chose to shut the government down for a third time this year.  Instead of receiving pay and being able to spend time with their families, many federal employees will be furloughed or forced to work without pay because President Trump demands $5.7 billion in wasteful spending for a senseless border wall.  It is hypocritical that President Trump and Republicans say they stand for border security, then opt to shutdown agencies important to our national security including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.”

“A partial government shutdown is harmful to North Carolinians and the American people who depend on services provided by the federal government from agricultural assistance to Homeland security.  I remain hopeful that Congress can work together to quickly bring forward a responsible clean spending bill to fund the government.  When Democrats take control of the House in January, we will work to ensure the Trump Administration and Republicans do not hold the budget process hostage and will block efforts to fund a wasteful border wall.”